Elkridge, MD asked in Landlord - Tenant, Consumer Law and Contracts for Virginia

Q: Can the power company refuse a tenant power due to the manger and /or owner of the property owing a bill?

The power company here in VA took my deposit, gave me a date to turn the power on, didn't, then required a notarized lease and whereabouts of the previous tenants, even though I as the new tenant didn't know the previous tenant, I get all this documentation even after they still haven't turned my power on! So once the documents were received they, turned the power on for a few hours, then because the previous tenant owes a bill and the manager of the property is POA for that person, the power company then turns my power back off! I as the new tenant with my own lease have nothing to do with anything previous but yet the power company took my money and gave me a date to turn on my power, then all this happened!!! What can I do?

3 Lawyer Answers
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Tallahassee, FL

A: This is an issue between you, the landlord and the power company, Lawyers cannot help you figure out how to get the power turned on. All we can do is advise you to solve the problem or leave.

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof
Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: I suggest you contact the office of the Attorney General of Virginia, Consumer Division and make a complaint against the power company.

Ross Cameron Hart
Ross Cameron Hart
Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Salem, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: Electric utilities are regulated by the Virginia State Corporation Commission - division of utilities. contact them to file a complaint: http://www.scc.virginia.gov/pur/elec.aspx

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