If the utilities are not included in the rent, you will have to pay for the utilities yourself. This does not necessarily mean that you will be paying more of your monthly income toward housing costs because the apartment you choose should have a lower rent if the utilities are not included.
If utilities are included in your rent, you will not have to pay any separate utility companies. The amount subsidized is based off the utility allowance chart. You will pay your landlord your portion of the rent.
If utilities are not included in your rent, you are responsible to pay the utility bills directly to the utility company or companies. It is important to plan accordingly and budget to make these payments on time! Even if utilities aren’t included in your rent, the utility amount is considered when calculating your rent share. In other words, your share of the rent to the owner would be lower if you are responsible to pay for your own utilities than if the owner provides them.