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Is it legal for a landlord to turn off utilities for non payment of rent?

New Carrollton, MD |

I live in an apartment with another tenant. We have a rental agreement. I did not pay my rent for September by the 5th so the landlord/tenant is evicting me. She is suing me for rent. Also, on September 5th she cut off the cable and every-time I turn on the air conditioning she turns it off. Is this legal.

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No. A landlord cannot resort to self-help remedies in the event of nonpayment of rent. Your landlord must file a Complaint for Repossession with the District Court in the county in which you live. PG County usually requires a landlord to have a rental license as well.

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