INDIANAPOLIS (WEHT) – Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said in an advisory opinion Thursday that landlords can’t be held responsible for tenants’ municipal utility bills.
“If a tenant is responsible for payment of utilities under a lease, the municipal utility cannot hold the landlord responsible for payment unless the landlord is a party to the service agreement,” Attorney General Hill said. “The utility cannot deny service to subsequent occupants of the property, and unpaid utility bills do not constitute a lien on the property.”
Hill did say that a municipal utility requiring a property owner to sign for an account with a tenant is acting in a manner contrary to the purpose of state statute.
(This story was originally published on January 9, 2020)