Houston, TX asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Louisiana

Q: My daughter is renting my apartment. She has had the lights turned off due to non-payment. Can I rent to someone else?

Will I be responsible for paying her bill before the new tentants can have the electricity turned on?

1 Lawyer Answer
Christie Tournet
Christie Tournet
  • Mandeville, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: Utility company will very well track/know there is a balance. Sometimes, different companies set up landlord accounts, but they are commercial accounts and sometimes, beginning deposit a bit higher. I would bet the balance will need to be paid before utility company releases the account/meter to a new tenant. It will have to be included in the amount that your daughter owes you, in so long as your rental agreement includes utility charges.

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