When I moved into my new apartment, the first bill only charged me for what I used from the 3rd (when I moved in) to the 12th of the month. This is called [insert word here] billing.

Another word or phrase that describes this same situation but doesn't fit into the previous sentence is also acceptable.

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    "Prorated", perhaps?
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Aug 29, 2016 at 12:52
  • That's it! I knew the word, I just couldn't think of it Commented Aug 29, 2016 at 12:53
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    @HotLicks Post as answer? Commented Aug 29, 2016 at 12:57
  • Not suitable here, for the apartment example, but in same cases PAYG (pay as you go) would work.
    – k1eran
    Commented Aug 29, 2016 at 15:13
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    Pro rata rather than 'prorated', surely?
    – Spagirl
    Commented Aug 29, 2016 at 15:18

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VERB [WITH OBJECT] chiefly North American

Allocate, distribute, or assess pro rata: bonuses are prorated over the life of a player’s contract

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