Can I cancel someone's electric service in my name if they refuse to pay me what they've used?
2 attorney answers
More facts are needed, however, I suggest you do not turn off the electric service. If your daughter can claim she is renting from you, then the property is governed by 83.67, Florida Statutes, which could result in you being liable for damages and attorney's fees for terminating a utility service. The lack of a written lease does not necessarily mean there is no rental agreement between you and your daughter. I highly recommend you first consult with a local real estate attorney who can review all the facts and advise you accordingly.
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Yes, if the electric service is in your name you are the only person who can cancel the service. But before you do I suggest telling your daughter that you have told the electric company to stop the service on some date in the near-future, and give her instructions on how to transfer the service into her name. Why? Because she may start paying you when the reality of what’s happening sets in. Also tell her the power will be shut off if she is even one day late in the future. Then follow through if she stops paying again. This is called “tough love.”