Termination of a utility service can have an immediate effect on your family. Loss of heat or light can be difficult and inconvenient, especially during certain times of year when the weather temperatures can be extreme.
Public utilities have a duty to provide service. However, if customers do not abide by the utility's rules, the utility has the right to terminate service. The two most common grounds for termination of service are for:
The law that permits or forbids the termination of your utility service generally depends on the type of utility you belong to. If your utility is:
In addition, federal consumer protection statutes, state unfair or deceptive practices acts, and federal civil rights statutes may also be of use when attempting to prevent termination of service.
The due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment requires that certain elements of fairness be present in the termination of your utility service. Generally, you are at least entitled to 10-15 days notice prior to having your service disconnected.
If you are facing termination of your utility service you may be afforded protection:
If your utility service is disconnected, you may be able to go to your public utility commission (PUC). The PUC typically has the power to decide individual customer disputes with utilities.
Termination of utility service can have a devastating effect on your family. An experienced attorney can help avoid a termination of your utility service. If you have been injured because of an unjust termination of utility service, a personal injury lawyer can help you recover damages.
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