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LOS ANGELES—Some landlords with LARSO, the Los Angeles Rent Stabilization Ordinance also known as rent control, properties may be using water utility bills to augment below-market rents, according to Matthew McNicholas, partner at law firm McNicholas & McNicholas. Water utility bills for multi-unit multifamily properties with a single water meter are sent directly to the landlord, who then collects a reimbursement that is not always based on water usage and may be inflated. This is a violation of LARSO, and tenants need to be aware that this could be a potential issue. We sat down with McNicholas to find out more about this problem. Here is what he had to say:

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