How do sub-metered utilities work?

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Sub-metering is a system in which some or all of the utilities are billed as a lump sum for a complex to the complex's owner or management company. Then, the property manager will bill each tenants, who, instead of paying the City of Austin or another service provider, simply pays the people they rent from. The actual percentage billed to each unit is based on its square footage and the number of tenants occupying the unit. For example, the larger apartments will have slightly higher bills than the smaller ones, and if four tenants are sharing a two bedroom, their bill will be higher than for the same size two bedroom occupied by only two tenants.
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