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You do not indicate what state that you are in so I can not link you to the specific provisions for your state. HOWEVER, all states have landlord tenant statutes that specify the procedures for eviction. In every state that I am aware of those procedures prohibit the landlord from engaging in so called "self-help" remedies, like turning off the utilities.
Since he has threatened you with doing so he may already be in violation of the law. You can go to the local magisterial court (small claims
) and file a complaint against him for the violation.
Also you should know that to properly evict you he must provide notice, then bring his own action in the Magisterial Court. You have the right to Answer that Complaint, bring a Counter Complaint, and have a hearing before the court.
While you do not need an attorney in Magisterial Court, it is a good idea to consult with one. Most will meet with you for an initial assessment of your case for little or no cost. This site may be helpful in finding a Landlord Tenant Attorney:
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