So, if the LL had a utility in his name while the unit was vacant and upon finding a new tenant and informing them that they will need to turn on the utility in their name, the LL contacts the utility PRIOR to move-in date and closes his account because that is the contract agreement, if the tenant fails to do his/her part and the company shuts the item off whether a day before or a few days after the tenant moves in, the LL has to assume financial responsibility for the deadbeat scam artist tenant's utility use and set up an account and pay for it? How is this any different than if the tenant's account is past due and the company shuts if off? The LL is legally obligated to pay this person's debt and bring the account current so they can have heat/water/gas?
The landlord has never made is quite clear that the rental was vacant when the water was discontinued. If the tenant was already occupying the unit when it was discontinued then the landlord has problems he does not even begin to understand.
Jake ~ you are so right on. All the diffrence in the world if water was turned off when rental was vacant or after it was occupied. You can NOT turm off the tenants water after they have moved in no matter what the contract says. you can post a 3 day quit notice for non compliance with the contract, but you can Not turn the water off. Learned the hard way at a cost of several thousand dollars.