UTILITIES INCLUDED IN RENT. LANDLORD SHUT OFF

By ccccarla

I live in iowa and I rent a house from my cousin. We have no lease agreement and all utilities are included in rent. We are in a eviction process due to late rent. Is it Legal for the landlord to have utilities and water shut off

Edited on: Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 2:45 pm

3 Responses to “UTILITIES INCLUDED IN RENT. LANDLORD SHUT OFF”

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Berg

May 12th, 2011 12:16 pm

No lease agreement??! that’s like saying your legally protected as tenants. However you might want to check if the “shut off” was caused by the landlord unable to pay the bills due to there’s no rent coming in. But to answer you question, the eviction process should be taken up to court. (with a lease agreement) – If a landlord wants you to leave the premise at least a written notice will be given to you.


Sarah

April 26th, 2012 12:53 am

It’s not legal no, regardless of eviction process.


Karisse

May 22nd, 2012 6:46 pm

@Berg; I think there’s no lease agreement because they’re relatives.

@Cccarla; I think it’s either you cousin shut off your utilities or the power company shut it off. But you should be given a written notice first before they shut off your utilities.


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