Pennsylvania Submetering Laws

Pennsylvania allows landlords and property managers to install submetering systems and bill residents for individualized utility usage.

That residential water, wastewater, electric and gas submetering, as well as RUBS billing, are all allowed in Pennsylvania. This includes major cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

It is important to note that landlords and property managers are generally not allowed to resell utilities at a profit. As with all states, leases and rental agreements should make explicit who is responsible for utility payments.

In early 2021, state Rep. Marty Flynn introduced legislation that would have modified RUBS and submetering laws, but it did not come up for a vote in committee on in general session.

If you have questions about submetering or RUBS in Pennsylvania, contact us for information about your specific situation.

Starting Submetering in Pennsylvania

It’s easy to implement submetering at multifamily buildings and other property types in Pennsylvania. It’s typically best to contact a utility billing and consulting firm like Synergy to ensure 100% compliance and effectiveness.

Submeters, with individual meters for each unit, can be used in existing buildings or new construction in Pennsylvania. RUBS billing, which divides utility costs according to an industry-accepted formula, is also possible, though not for electricity.

Steps to Implement Submetering in Pennsylvania

Implementing submetering and outsourcing multifamily utility billing is a surprisingly quick process.

Utility submetering and outsourced utility billing in Pennsylvania can be implemented in as little as a few weeks, at no net cost to the property owner or manager.