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He can call them and ask, but typically they won't release any information about a customer account to anyone who isn't listed on that account. The utility companies used to be a lot more free with that type of information, but with all the privacy laws now on the books, they won't give out that information any more.
As an aside, in addition to being an attorney, I have also been a landlord for over 26 years...
Ok, so what is your question about them potentially releasing your info?
Are you asking if it is actionable as in you being able to sue them?
Did they release any confidential info like your SSN?
Not against your landlord unless he engaged in fraud and identity theft by claiming to be you when he called in..
In my experience in dealing with them, they won't release that info to anyone who isn't listed on the account.
So either you have a utility company that is very lax on their privacy policies, which is unlikely, or the landlord called in and claimed to be you and asked for info. If he had your SSN on any application and the account number, they would provide that info.
So you might want to contact them and ask them if they have any records of you calling in to request records or if they will acknowledge giving them to the landlord.
If he just called and asked and they provided that info, there is nothing improper about that with regard to the landlord as he can ask anyone anything about you. It is up to the person being questioned as to whether or not to respond.
But if he said he was you, that is a criminal act of identity theft and he could be in big trouble..
If they are refusing to provide you information about your own account and whether someone called in claiming to be you, then that is a pretty good indication that is what happened. If you filled out an application to rent with the landlord and gave him SSN, DOB and other info so he could do a background check, then he could have easily called in claiming to be you, or had someone do so..
But if they won't answer your questions voluntarily, then unfortunately that is correct, the only way to get that info would be with a court order if you were suing the landlord or if there was a criminal prosecution for identity theft.