When a Tenant leases a property for one year in Puerto Vallarta, typically most utilities remain under the owners name and the tenant continues to make the payment of each utility bill. This is most common with CFE (electric company) and internet. However there are different scenarios, and each property can include only certain utilities/services. Any utilities/services that are included will be on your rental agreement. Below are different plausible scenarios in regards to utilities for tenants and property owners;
- WHEN ALL UTILITIES AND SERVICES ARE INCLUDED IN THE RENT; in this case the utilities included can be HOA fees, water, gas, cable, internet, and trash collection. Services included can be a weekly or monthly cleaning service, maintenance to the air conditioning units (done every 6 months), pool maintenance and pool supplies, inspection every 6 months to check for water leaks etc., and gardener services. The services included are typically those necessary to give maintenance to the property and keep it optimal conditional, since some tenants can find it difficult to find and manage all of these services the first time they rent in Puerto Vallarta.
* Electricity is typically paid by the tenant directly to CFE, the electricity company.
Sometimes electricity can be included in the rent. Although electricity being included is not very common, in some cases the owner will include a fixed amount of Mexican pesos per electricity bill. For example; on every bill the owner will pay for $X amount of pesos per billing period and the tenant pays any exceeding amount directly to the owner. This scenario could apply in condo buildings, or to property owners that have set the electricity bill on automatic-pay.
- NO UTILITIES INCLUDED; In this case the tenant pays for all the utilities and services hired. Utilities the tenant is responsible for can be; water, gas, cable, internet, satellite, etc.
Services a tenant might need to hire and is responsible for payment are cleaning services, maintenance to the air conditioning units (done every 6 months this keeps your ac units running at optimal conditions and your power bill lower), pool maintenance and pool supplies, small repairs, and gardener etc.
* HOA fees are typically paid by the property owner, in order to ensure payment, however in some cases the tenant may be asked to pay for it in addition to rent.
* Trash collection is paid by the property owner, this is included when the owner pays the annual property tax at the beginning of the year.
- SOME UTILITIES INCLUDED: * In this case the owner pays for some utilities, the most common in this scenario is water, and HOA fees.
The tenant then pays for all other utilities and services hired/used such as electricity, gas, cable, internet, satellite, etc.
*ELECTRICITY In most cases, the tenant does not need to start a contract with the electricity company (CFE), the tenant simply continues to pay the bill that is under the property owners’ name.
*INTERNET In some cases, the tenant does not need to hire the internet service under their name, the tenant simply continues to pay the bill that is under the property owners’ name.
- For each scenario above the tenant should receive a copy of each bill or the account number/ name on the account, that the tenant is responsible for payment. This is to make sure that the tenant has all the necessary information to pay the bills on time.
- Sometimes the bills arrive by mail after the past due date, which is why we recommend to pay the utility bills online and get familiarized with the easiest online payment option for you. No more waiting on the mailman!
- Services a tenant might need to hire and is responsible for payment are cleaning services, maintenance to the air conditioning units (done every 6 months this keeps your ac units running at optimal conditions and your power bill lower), pool maintenance and pool supplies, and gardener, etc.