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Can a Landlord disconnect Electric service for nonpayment of an electric bill
Property Management: Can a Landlord disconnect Electric service for nonpayment of an electric bill?
The correct answer to this question, and any other legal question similar to this question, is “DEPENDS”. It all depends on the particular situation, how you (or your Attorney) will present your case, how the other parties or their attorney defend their position, and of course the judge. However, following is the Texas Law in this matter:
Texas Bill, HB 1086, Relating to interruption of electric service by a residential landlord addresses this issue as follow:
• The bill adds an exception to the general rule that a landlord may not interrupt of utilities (water, gas, electric, etc.) provided to tenant by landlord unless it is due to an emergency, construction, or a bona fide repair.
• The exception allows a landlord who submeters or allocates electricity to disconnect service for nonpayment of an electric bill if:
1. The landlord's right to interrupt electric service is in a written lease;
2. The bill is not paid on or before the 12th day after issuance;
3. Advance written notice of termination ... more
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