WHAT DO I DO IF A TENANT DOES NOT TRANSFER UTILITIES INTO THEIR NAME?

I have inadvertently forgotten to check to see if the utilities have been switched over to the tenant’s name before they moved. This made me wonder what the best solution is for the situation.

The best solution that I came up with was to contact the tenant to see if we can resolve it simply first. If that does not work you should contact a real estate attorney that is familiar with local laws to determine what the next action should be.

This in no way constitutes legal advice and there is no client-attorney relationship between us.

Disclaimer

If the tenant has not moved utilities into their own name. It is likely an oversight by them. Usually this can be resolved by a simple conversation with them. this will be a lot easier if it is successful than any of the other remedies.

Talk to the tenant first

It is important that your lease is clear on who is paying for what utilities. If your lease is not clear and there’s a dispute, most jurisdictions will likely side with the tenant.

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