Rulemaking Proceeding to Amend Rules to Prohibit a Landlord or Landlord's Agent From Terminating Electric Service
The amendments provide that a landlord may not interrupt or cause the interruption of water, wastewater, gas, or electric service furnished to a tenant by the landlord as an incident of the tenancy or by other agreement unless the interruption results from bona fide repairs, construction, or an emergency. The proposed amendments reflect that a landlord of an apartment house or mobile home park can no longer disconnect electric service because of a tenant's nonpayment for that service and that the commission, in certain cases, has limited jurisdiction over the landlord's disconnection of electric service.
This project is on hold pending the adoption of Project 36131 and Project 37622 to help maintain consistent rule language. Please refer to the Texas Property Code 92.008 (b) for issues relative to §25.142.
Ernest Garcia, 512-936-7365
Karen Hubbard, Attorney
The rule will be published on October 29, 2010.
Comment deadline is November 18, 2010.
Reply comment deadline is November 29, 2010.
Public hearing will be held if requested.
Proposal for Publication of Amendments to §25.141 and §25.142 as Approved at the October 14, 2010 Open Meeting - MSWord (.doc)
Other Related Documents
§25.141 - Central System or Nonsubmetered Master Metered Utilities
§25.142 - Submetering for Apartments, Condominiums, and Mobile Home Parks