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Pay Utility Bills To Get Service Restored and Deduct It From The Rent

Under the law, if the landlord doesn't pay utility bills in a multiple dwelling building and service is shut off, tenants can cover the expense to restore it. You can then deduct the cost of money paid to the utility provider from your rent. This applies to electric, gas and water services. The landlord is liable for these costs and may also be subject to a claim for punitive damages, which are intended to punish severely negligent conduct.

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