In the utilities section of a rental agreement, a paragraph ends with the sentence, "Tenants shall be responsible for gas, electricity, and any other costs associated with the internet." In my view, this sentence is flawed because the placement of other changes the meaning of the sentence. Instead of stating internet as an additional cost, placing other implies that gas and electricity are the primary internet costs. A friend of mine is under the impression that the placement of other does not change the meaning of what comes before it in the sentence.
I believe that the individual components of the sentence cannot be viewed in isolation and that subsequent words can have an effect on the overall interpretation of the sentence. I believe the appropriate phrasing for the intended meaning would be the same sentence without the word other. "Tenants shall be responsible for gas, electricity, and any costs associated with the internet."