Putting rent monies into Escrow
I have a lease dispute, concerning my obligation to pay for electricity, with my landlord . I lived here for 15 months without paying for electricity and with the understanding that there was a $30.00 monthly fee, as part of my rent, that offset the electricity charges. Now they want me to pay $442.59 for 16 months of electricity service that they paid on my behalf. The $30.00 fee was removed in Jan 2006, without my knowledge, and I was told 3 months later that the concession I would have to pay, if I paid my rent late, was reduced by the $30.00 as a favor to me. According to apartment management, my account was incorrectly coded as a corporate rental. Am I financially responsible for there error? Can I put my rent money into an escrow account until this is settled and without incurring any late fees?