Virginia Submetering Laws

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

Residential water, wastewater, electric and gas submetering, as well as RUBS billing, are all allowed in Virgina.

There are some restrictions on criteria used for calculating ratio utility bills. Additionally, administrative fees are required to be “reasonable.”

According to Title 20 of the Virginia Administrative Code, “all charges for electricity or natural gas used, except the allowed service charge” must be calculated from submeters when they are installed.

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

Starting Submetering in Virginia

It’s easy to implement submetering at multifamily buildings and other property types in Virginia. 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 Virginia. RUBS billing, which divides utility costs according to an industry-accepted formula, is also possible, though not for electricity.

Steps to Implement Submetering in Virginia

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

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