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This web-page contains a discussion of all utilities available in the house.  Your lease agreement includes a "hints & instructions" page explaining other information regarding these utilities.  

Telephone (for phone #152-2879) - the normal billing is 184 pesos every month (generally the bill arrives near the end of every month) which is payable by the upstairs tenant or tenants (payable by any leased apartment, either one or divided by both), plus any specific charges for either tenant for long distance and/or cellphone calls made by each, plus the 16+% IVA and 3% other tax added to any of the specific extra charges.   

Gas for heating and cooking -  the normal year's gas for the house is billed in three parts (every time the gastank is re-filled, the first generally being  in late January, the second some time around  June, July or August, and the third and final "fill-up the tank again" around November 30th).  Historical studies have shown that each of the three 1-person occupancies in this house use about the same amount of gas as the others, therefore the allocation in that normal situation is 1/3 of each total billing to be paid by each occupant.  This, of course, requires that each occupant not waste gas and this requirement will be aided by each tenant reading and observing all of the hints & instructions page of your lease.  In the unlikely event that the occupants of the house total only two, the allocation for gas will be 50% each. 

Electricity is the more expensive of the two possible heating utilities.  While it is recommended that neither gas nor electric be wasted, when a choice is available to you, use gas.  Regarding electricity, the electric billing is bi-monthly and the billing is received near the end of each odd-numbered month (January, March, etc.).  Historical studies have shown that each of the three 1-person occupancies (with each occupant using electricity in normally only one room at any one time) will consume about the same amount of electricity as the other two.  However, in the interest of an attempt to moderate the electrical bills, the allocation will be 25% to each apartment tenant and 50% to the downstairs tenant.   In the unlikely event that the occupants of the house total only two (i.e., one apartment upstairs and one tenant downstairs), the allocation for electricity will change to 33 1/3% upstairs and 66 2/3% downstairs.  

However, a further exception occurs  if there is an additional person (permanent or just a longer-term guest)  in one or more of the locations for a period of a cumulative three weeks or longer, the allocations will be adjusted during the period of this additional occupancy.  This would more likely be the case when one location is permanently occupied by a second person (a spouse, for example).   In such a case, the allocations change from the above stated "norms" to add a 50% (one half of a second person) to the normal "one-person" for each location.   In the case of any apparent "unfairness" (in either direction), this provision may be moderated towards a still fairer allocation.

Cablevision - if this utility is opted-for by the occupant, all costs of his or her Cablevision subscription (including rental of remotes and other equipment, deposits, installation charges, monthly charges, etc.) are to be borne solely by the occupant of that location.

Satellite Television - The landlord has provided roof antennas and basic wiring that enables Satellite TV from the USA for a very low us$50 a month for so much more than local cablevision provides and at less cost, too (see Notes at the bottom of more details of the rental page).  This service, if selected, is payable monthly at the same time as the monthly rent is due.

Internet access - There are basically two choices here in town, local Cybermatsa and national TelMex's Infinituum.  I recommend TelMex for three reasons.  The service from TelMex is better and more consistent. The cost is lower, especially if you want higher-speed internet access. Finally, TelMex is easier to pay as it is included with the telephone bill, whereas Cybermatsa requires the tenant (herself or himself) to go to Cybermatsa's offices and wait on line once every month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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