Posted by me again... on January 15, 2002 at 00:38:57:
In Reply to: Re: landlords cutting off essential services posted by Sherry C. on January 12, 2002 at 22:52:37:
: Definetly go to the police to make a report. The landlord is not (By Law) supposed to shut off or have services shut off, even if the tenant is not paying for the service. Make a complaint of no heat. The landlord will be fined for it unless they correct the problem. They won't want the fine, so more than likely they will continue services that they had terminated. (Also, when the police respond to the call, the landlord must correct it or they might face going to jail). Basically, anything that the landlord does that affects the tenant in a negative way is illegal.
the point is, is that the TENANT is paying for the heat, it is not supplied with the house, and the landlord is not responsible to supply the fuel if the tenant is paying the fuel bill themselves.
the ll called ONE dealer and told them to *not* service the house, sowhat? there are a lot of other fuel oil dealers out there that will service the house. as far as the 'no heat' complaint line, there is actually no *problem* with the heating system, the tenant merely has to supply fuel for it to work. i can probably tell you how the inspection will go: the landlord will go over to his house and siphon out 3 or 4 gallons of oil from his tank, and put it into the tenants tank, problem solved. that will last for a day or two, and then what? the op already stated that he has no lease, and has been told to leave. all that's necessary now is for the ll to give the tenant written 30 day notice, and that will be the end of the problem, the tenant will be gone.
also, your friend probably shared way too much information with the landlord, your friend's financial situation is none of the landlord's business, as long as he gets his rent money, and if he doesn't, he has the standard recourse.
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