A landlord is required to provide a dwelling that is habitable. That does not mean that the state will require them to pay a tenant's electricity. This depends on the lease and how it is written up. If the lease dictates that the tenant is responsible for the electricity, it will be put into their name, they will often have to pay a deposit and then the bill will go to them. There are times, in a building with shared electricity, that there will be a master meter. In this case the landlord will receive the bill and break it down per-unit so that the tenant is only required to pay for the unit in which they live. If a tenant's private meter also reads electricity for shared areas such as a hallway, this must be noted in the lease.
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