Details regarding which utilities are included with an apartment are in the lease. In some apartments, all utilities are included with the rental fee, while in others, the tenant is responsible for some or all utility expenses.
Utilities can be grouped as essential and optional, with some landlords only covering a few essential services such as water and garbage removal. Renters typically are responsible for the cost of the electricity bill in an apartment, although some landlords include electricity costs as part of the rent. Other expenses that renters may pay are cable television, high-speed Internet access and telephone service.