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Can my landlord cut off my electricity or other utilities?

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Can my landlord cut off my electricity or other utilities?
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Can my landlord cut off my electricity or other utilities?
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August 31, 2015
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It is illegal for your landlord to interfere with or cut off any "vital service". This includes hot or cold water, fuel, electricity, natural gas, and heat.

Your landlord is not allowed to do this even if you owe rent or for any other reason.

Your landlord must also make sure the utility bills are paid so the services do not get shut off. But your landlord is not responsible if the energy account is in your name and it is cut off because you didn't pay your bill. Many gas and hydro retailers have programs for people with low incomes who cannot afford to pay their energy bills.

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