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I have a situation that I on which I would like some

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Good afternoon. I have a situation that I on which I would like some clarification regarding tenants rights.
JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state the property is in?
Customer: AZ
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: Not yet.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: Not really. It's not a huge issue, just confusing.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 10 months ago.


I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today.

What is your question about tenant's rights?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
My wife and I are currently renting a house but purchasing a home. Our move date has changed a few times. Our property manager, with whom we have an informal month-to-month rental agreement, set a date for closing our electricity account. The electric company now wants to charge us a deposit to turn services back on until we move. The account was only in my and my wife's name, but the electric company says they aren't required to notify us that the account was being closed and that our property manager was able to have it closed without our knowledge. How should we proceed? We like our property manager and hope to resolve this amicably, but I am a little confused as to where my wife and I stand, legally speaking. Thanks.
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 10 months ago.

Thank you.

It's actually illegal for your landlord to turn off your electricity, intentionally or negligently. Ariz. Rev. Stat., Section 33-1364. You can either turn it back on and sue the landlord for reimbursement of the fee, or you can insist that they turn it back on - and pay the fee - to avoid a lawsuit. Under that statute, if you have to sue them for shutting off your utilities, they can be required to pay your attorney's fees. Legal fees for something like this could easily run a few thousand dollars.

Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 10 months ago.

On top of that, if you've suffered any damages because your electricity was turned off, they have to reimburse you for that, too. And if you sue, they'll have to reimburse your filing fees. Those are all things they won't to have to pay for, so hopefully you can convince them to just pay the fee.

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Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 10 months ago.

Do you have any other questions about this?