Can a landlord disconnect a tenant’s electric? 8 Answers as of November 15, 2013

My Landlord pays the electric, and the Lease agreement requires that the Tenant reimburses the Landlord for the electric. If the Tenant fails to reimburse the Landlord can the Landlord turn off the electric?

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Stuart P Gelberg
Stuart P Gelberg | Stuart P Gelberg
What does the lease say? The landlord usually can not turn off utilities without legal process first
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 11/15/2013
Casler Law Offices PLLC
Casler Law Offices PLLC | Carlton C. Casler
No. The landlord has elected to keep the utilities in the landlord's name during tenancy. Arizona law expressly prohibits the landlord from turning off the utilities: "A landlord shall not terminate utility services ... which are provided to the tenant as part of the rental agreement." (See A.R.S. Section 33-1364.C). The tenant may recover damages equal to two month's rent if the landlord intentionally turns off utilities. (See A.R.S. Section 33-1367).
Answer Applies to: Arizona
Replied: 11/13/2013
MatthewR. Schutz, Esq | Matthew R. Schutz
No. The LL should sue for eviction and the electrical bills due.
Answer Applies to: New Jersey
Replied: 11/13/2013
Law Offices of Frances Headley | Frances Headley
No, a Landlord can not shut off the utilities to a tenancy. All that can be done is use it as the basis for an eviction.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/13/2013
Peters Law, PLLC
Peters Law, PLLC | Mark T. Peters, Sr.
Technically, no, but he can start eviction proceedings for nonpayment of rent.
Answer Applies to: Idaho
Replied: 11/13/2013
    Batten & Beasley
    Batten & Beasley | Andrew Larson-Wille
    No, only the electric company can do that. There are some pretty stiff penalties if your landlord tries to do it by themselves.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 11/13/2013
    Harper Law Offices, Inc. P.S.
    Harper Law Offices, Inc. P.S. | Joseph T. G. Harper
    Not in Washington. This is prohibited under the landlord tenant act. If a tenant is not paying the landlord supplied utilities as required under the agreement, the landlord can issue a 10-day notice to comply or vacate. If the tenant does not pay the utility bill or vacate, an eviction action may be started that could result in a court order for the tenant's removal. Otherwise, the landlord cannot just shut the power off.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 11/13/2013
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    I would certainly think so as the tenant has no right to what is not paid for.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 11/13/2013
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