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. judge told me nc laws states i cannot turn power off even though in my name. is this true.
Yes, this would be considered an illegal eviction and would give the tenant grounds to actually sue you for damages. If the utilities are on when the tenancy is occurring, then the landlord has to keep them on during the tenancy and pursue the tenant for any money in small claims court. That is why it is always a good idea to put in a cut off date for a few days after the tenant moves in to ensure that they transfer the utilities into their name.
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