I was a renter and when I was moving I turned my electric off there 1-2wks before my lease was up and it then went under the apartment complex's name I'm guessing but I wasn't staying there but my stuff was still there and I was
still going back and forth getting as much as I could until the movers got the rest. I was officially out of there by the end of my lease and turned in my key the same day but as a penalty for turning my electric off early they charged me $486.00 can they charge me so much as a penalty. I did turn it off early and I'm sure I owe some electric for the time my stuff was still there but that seems excessive
The terms of your lease agreement need to be reviewed regarding whether they can charge any kind of a penalty. You are entitled to an explanation of the charge by the landlord at a minimum.
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It could be (in part) the cost of re-establishing electric service. Also, it appears you may or may not have turned off the electric. Let's play this out and assume you decided it would be a good idea for whatever reason to turn off the electric - during November and December, when it is cold outside - and your landlord found out, decided it didn't want to deal with bursting pipes, and had the unit heated up to something other than 30 degrees. Your obligation is to take care of the property while it is under lease. You failed to do so by allowing the electric to be turned off. I don't think this plays out in your favor.
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