YOUR LANDLORD CAN’T TURN OFF YOUR AIR CONDITIONING EVEN IF YOU’RE LATE ON THE RENT!

I’ve been getting a lot of calls from Houstonians who say their landlord is trying to essentially smoke them out of their apartment units.

Those tenants say if they’re late on their rent or behind their air conditioning unit mysteriously goes out in this Houston heat.

According to state law a property manager or landlord should not disconnect your utilities unless it’s for a repair or emergency.

If you have this problem make sure you contact the Texas Attorney General’s office for help.  Here’s a look at that portion of the law:

THE FULL LAW!

Sec. 92.008.  INTERRUPTION OF UTILITIES. (a) A landlord or a landlord’s agent may not interrupt or cause the interruption of utility service paid for directly to the utility company by a tenant unless the interruption results from bona fide repairs, construction, or an emergency.

(b)  A landlord may not interrupt or cause the interruption of water, wastewater, gas, or electric service furnished to a tenant by the landlord as an incident of the tenancy or by other agreement unless the interruption results from bona fide repairs, construction, or an emergency.

 

 

1 comment

  1. Reuben November 13, 2013 9:53 pm 

    Air-conditioning is arguably not a ‘utility’. I don’t know what is Houston’s law on this but normal use of the word is only generally things like electricity, water, gas, etc etc. Note that a utility company does not provide ‘air-conditioning’ but merely electricity.

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