Friday, March 13, 2009

RV Park utility billing Information

In 2008, a law was passed relating to RV park utility charges. Questions have arisen from this legislation and we would like to provide additional information for you to clarify this bill.

A.R.S. 33-2107, as passed into law, allows an RV park landlord to charge separately for gas, water or electrical utility services. The law instructs that RV park landlords can use either the sub-metering billing system or the ratio utility billing system.

Sub-metering billing systems include providing a separate meter for each use, an itemized charge for open/close meter readings with each date and the charge for the single family residential rate of the utility or provider. Each bill shall show the computation of the charge generally in accordance with the serving utility company billing format for individual service.

Ratio utility billing systems require the display of the current utility rates and fees imposed on the landlord in a conspicuous location on the premises. The rental agreement shall disclose the specific amount of administrative fees associated with the system. The allocation of charges shall be made on the basis of rented spaces.

The law stipulates those landlords that utilize a ratio utility billing system can recover charges imposed by a utility provider and charge an administrative fee for the actual administrative costs. This cost will result in a total charge above the residential rate of .085 cents.

This information can be located in the text of A.R.S. 33-2107, which is available online at the Legislature’s Web site at under state statutes.

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