Q: What do I do if I am paying for some of my landlords electricity?
I found out about a year and a half ago that I am paying for some of the electricity from the apartment under me, in which my landlord is living in at the moment, previously, another tenant was living there. Before she moved out, she cut her electricity services and she realized that half of her apartments electricity was still working after doing that. I mentioned that to the landlord and ever since then, she’s been trying to kick my family and me out. I’ve been living here for 7 years. What can be done?
A: If your apartment is Illinois, the Residential Property Utility Service Act provides a remedy for your situation. In cases where the tenant is being billed for utilities (electric/gas/etc.) that are being used outside of the tenant's unit, the landlord is responsible to reimburse the tenant for 100% of those utility bills unless the landlord can prove exactly how much was used and, in that case, must reimburse for the amount used. If it can be proven that the issue was on purpose, your landlord can be liable for triple your utility bills. If you would like to set up a consultation to discuss the details of your matter, please feel free to contact me: Laura@HooverLegalHelp.com or set up an appointment by calling (773) 345-8883.
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