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no lease. He is a hold over tenant
and yes, my question is what options does my friend have to get the power turned on (and he is willing to lawfully pay is own bill) but without paying the 2K deposit
And, he's already spoken to a housing lawyer who's an expert and she said that he does have a legal right to stay in the unit until he's lawfully evicted.. which she states he will likely loose.. until that time he does have a right to be there.
The landlord cannot be forced to cooperate .. got that part..
I wish it was better news too..