How are RUBS charges calculated?
“RUBS” is an acronym for Ratio Utility Billing System. This is used when there are no individual meters inside residents’ apartments. Residents are charged for their proportionate share of the property’s total water expense. The purpose of this program is to encourage responsible water usage by having residents pay for a portion of the property’s total water utility costs in the absence of individual meters.
Each resident will be billed for his or her allocated portion of the property’s costs based on a combination of their unit’s square footage and occupancy. The allocation formula is based on a combination of the square footage and occupancy of each unit as a percentage of the total billable square footage and occupancy of all units combined. Billing is not based upon individual metering. Furthermore, the property’s utility costs may be reduced by some percentage for allocation of common area usage. This cost is absorbed by the property, thus reducing the amount of the bill allocated to the individual residents.