Apartment complexes generally do not include the cost of most utilities with the rent. However, some apartments may include water, garbage pickup or even all utilities. Because situations vary, potential tenants should read the details of a lease agreement carefully before signing.
Because utilities are usually the responsibility of the renter, it is important to factor in those costs when determining what a renter can afford. An apartment that includes all utilities but has higher rent might still be a better deal than one that does not. Possible bills to consider on top of rent include electricity, water, natural gas, telephone, television, Internet, garbage pickup and renter's insurance.