Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceRenting & Real Estate · 1 month ago

If the gas company shut the gas off & put a lock on the box how will this work for new tenants moving in?

Evidently the last tenant didn't pay the gas bill & that's why the gas company did this. Do they come out & unlock the box when new tenants move in?

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  • 1 month ago
    Best Answer

    You need to contact the gas company, tell them you are moving into the property on x date.. They will want an initial meter reading. Previous tenants' debts are nothing to do with the property or anyone else , so the supply should be reinstated.

  • 4 weeks ago

    "Do they come out & unlock the box when new tenants move in?"

    Not until the outstanding bill is paid.

    • SCATTY c
      Lv 5
      4 weeks agoReport

      Its NOT up to the new tenant to clear the debts of the previous tenant. The gas company will chase the previous tenant for an unpaid debt

  • Flower
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    If the bill was in their name, have you asked the gas company to put the bill in your name and remove the lock?

  • 1 month ago

    The bill will have to be paid first.

    • Nuff Sed
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      Not if state law requires the utility to provide new service to a new customer upon request.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Obviously the previous tenants must have not had the gas turned off, & then didn't pay the bill. New tenants start from scratch & cannot be told they can't have the gas turned on because of the previous tenant's negligence. Previous tenants are probably going to try to stick the landlord with the bill, but I don't believe they can if the bill wasn't in the landlord's name.

  • 1 month ago

    They have a contract dispute under a service agreement with someone else. The new tenant would be a new customer who happens to be at the same address with the same meter, which they will come read, unlock and bill under the new contract going forward. It's not as if you can call up a competing gas company, in most cases, so they are bound by the regulations to provide new customers with the service as a public utility.

    • Nuff Sed
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      Under MA state law, for example, you have a right to get gas and electric service upon request at your new address, although YOUR prior payment arrears at another address may be factored into the new account.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Once the outstanding past due balance is paid they will turn the gas back on.

  • 1 month ago

    call the number and ask the gas company representative, nobody on yahoo answers would know. I would say the gas contract would be on the landlord, so he she should pay the bill

  • Judy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    no - somebody has to pay it. talk to the landlord.

  • 1 month ago

    They may insist that the bill be paid before they will restore service. It's up to them.

    • Nuff Sed
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      No, it's not "up to them" if state law requires the public utility to provide new service upon request.

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