can landlord cut off tenant utilities?

in a commercial lease, can the landlord turn off electricity or water whether or not they are in landlord's name or under tenant's name?
In Leasing Property - Asked by mike s. - May 2, 2016
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Natalia P.
Owner/Investor
Naples, FL

Hello Mike, no, unless it is specified in the lease agreement,as well as depends on state law where property located at.
Please note this is not an attorney advice.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Have a glorious day!
Natalia Peysina
owner/broker
MNM Companies,llc
www.MNMcompanies.com

May 2, 2016
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Cherie E.
Owner/Investor
Lake Elsinore, CA

The Landlord cannot turn off water to any operating business as this creates an Immediate Health Code Violation. I don't know about electric. But, there are better ways to rid yourself of bad tenants.

May 4, 2016
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Chris R.
Broker/Agent
Denton, TX

Is this commercial or residential - different rules apply. Residential - generally legally - no. If commercial - maybe. Need to consult an attorney. Review your lease. Confer with local utility authorities. Your lease may enable you to apply rent to non-rent items first. So apply the rent to utilities owed then to rent then your tenant is in breach of lease due to non-payment of rent. May be able to declare breach for non-payment of utilities - depends on terms of your lease. Need an attorney. If commercial - non-payment of rent - you can change locks on the door and do not have to give them a key or access until they settle up with you. (Texas anyway). Still - confer with RE attorney.

Jun 1, 2016
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