Attorney General Hill says landlords can’t be held responsible for tenants’ municipal utility payments

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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.

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(This story was originally published on January 9, 2020)

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