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A Tenant's Guide to Getting and Keeping Gas and Electricity Service

TenantNet note: This booklet was published by Brooklyn Legal Services in 1995. Some information contained may be out-of-date, particularly listed telephone numbers. As far as we know, there have been no updates to this publication. While much of the information may still be valid, the reader should exercise caution.

VI. Illegal Termination Of Service By Your Landlord

Intentional termination of your utility service by your landlord is a crime (a class A misdemeanor). If your landlord disconnects wires or pipes, or dismantles other equipment that provide heat or other utility service to your apartment or the building, you should call the police (911) immediately. The police may be able to force the landlord to restore the service. The landlord --or an agent of the landlord-- must be present at the building when the police arrive. If the landlord refuses to restore the service the police can arrest and take him or her to the police station.

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