What if the landlord is supposed to pay for the utilities, but does not?
First, give the landlord prior written notice specifying the problem. You must give the notice to the landlord or send the notice to the address stated in the lease or specified by the landlord as the address at which notices are to be delivered. If the landlord has not given you an address, then you may send it to the landlord’s last known address. You may begin to correct the problem yourself 24 hours after you have given the landlord your written notice. Be specific about the action(s) you intend to take. Second, you may: • pay the bill for the utilities, repair the problem, or get substitute service (such as space heaters), and deduct the money from the next month’s rent. Remember if you deduct the cost of space heaters, then the space heaters will be the property of the landlord and must be delivered to him after the problem is corrected; or • sue your landlord for the damages for having no utilities; or • move out until the utilities are turned back on if you cannot live in the a