Currently I live in a a housing situation where we have four housemates (counting myself.) We split the utilities bill four ways.
Recently one of the housemates quit his job and decided to pursue post-graduate education. That housemate is related to the land lady (I think he’s her nephew or son.) As of last month, the utilities have been split three ways rather than the typical four as I'd except. I haven't made a fuss of it just yet as I'm asking around for advice on what to do before doing anything.
Is there anything I can do in this situation, besides move out? I'm under a lease agreement so I can't do anything for a few months time. I'm wondering if it's possible for me to be kicked out because I'm speaking up and the housemate is using his advantage being related to the land lady.
Context: This is in the United States, specifically California. I recall signing papers for the lease but I do not recall there being something specific about paying utilities or how that is split outside of a verbal agreement.
While the amount difference is not large, I'm asking mainly on principle since I feel it is morally wrong.