SPESE CONDOMINIALE - Riscaldamento / HeatingI was hoping to get some
SPESE CONDOMINIALE - Riscaldamento / Heating
I was hoping to get some advice on the spese condominiale for the apartment we're renting in Bergamo.
We pay 200 EUR monthly to the landlord towards the costs. We've received the first annualised bill and we cannot believe the total being claimed, which is higher.
It shows the costs incurred by all the apartments. It is a five floor building and we live on the top floor in a two bedroom apartment of 110 square metres (3 locali/2 bagni). Some other apartments in the building are smaller.
Heating - consumed: * 1,253 *
Heating - fixed: * 308 *
Readings - 40
Porter - 641
Lift - 81
Stairlift (for disabled people) - 13
Lighting - 29
General expenses - 276
Administrative expenses - 90
Normal maintenance - 279
Water - 179
The heating is the largest cost. However the apartment does not have enough radiators in the main living area, they are small, the shared system is frequently blocked with air so they don't work, and we did not use all of the radiators.
Because of Italian law the heating can only operate for 15 hours per day. It stops at 22:00. I go to bed at 02:00. We had to use electricity to heat the apartment (fan heater), so that costs more.
This means that the cost of just the heating for the six months (approximately) when it is working is 260 EUR per month plus the separate cost of the electricity.
There is no detail of how this is calculated. The average cost (the average for all the apartments) shown on the summary is about 450.
This was our first apartment in Italy. It is possible that the meter that measures the usage is faulty hence the very high cost. But we cannot know, and I don't think we can insist that it is tested. Our cost is the second highest in the building but there is no explanation of why that would be.
We are planning to move to an apartment without a porter and with riscaldamento autonomo (self central-heating). I notice that many apartments have that and advertise this so it's clearly something people want.
Is there any way that the price of 260 EUR per month for heating is correct?
Is there a standard process for disputing this?
Is this normal for Italy, so most Italians avoid apartments with this shared central heating system for this reason, so we know better now?
Thank you for reading.