Short background- we used to live at a nice trailer park. Rent was 517, bills low(ish, etc...) until we moved. All was well, until winter. We have winterized- it is still a battle to get the living room to 52 degrees after running a space heater all day. Added to this, my husband is out of his main job(he is still in the army reserve, so income from that, plus my job at a church nursery.)
If we moved back to the trailer park, we would have $1030 a month in expenses. If we stayed here(house built in 1911) we would have $1130 in expenses. What this $100 difference is not taking into account is the drastically increased electric bill from running space heaters 24/7 just to keep the house at 55.
A big factor in all this is the heat issue- we have a 21 month old, and I am 6 months pregnant. Even touring the trailer, with nothing turned on at all, it was 10 degrees warmer than in the house with heaters(4 of them) going.
The landlord at the park would be willing to work with us as per the security deposit, which is excellent(i.e, pay it in installments, etc.)
The landlord at the house is inexperienced at best. Most of the bigger problems *seem* to have been dealt with.
The breakdown with the bills works as:
no water bill
$150 on average electric bill
all other monthly bills the same
$160-300 electric(with heaters, etc...)