Learn more about unlawful utility disconnection in Texas and forms you can use to enforce your right to utilities. This page also includes forms to enforce your right to utilities.
Special thanks to the Austin Tenants Council for their contributions to this article.
Utility Issues for Renters
The article includes information on topics such as:
- Tenant's right to utilities
- What to do if a landlord shuts off utilities illegally
- Rules for how landlords must calculate utilities
- What to do if a landlord is supposed to pay utilities but does not
Utility Restoration Demand Form
In the event that your utilities have been unlawfully interrupted, use this Unlawful Utility Interruption Worksheet to demand that your landlord restore your utilities.
In the event that your utilities have been unlawfully interrupted, use this Writ of Restoration Application to ask the court to order the landlord to restore your utilities.
In the event that your utilities have been unlawfully interrupted, use this Writ of Restoration Order for the court to sign, ordering the landlord to restore utilities.
This article discusses what to do if a landlord retaliates against a tenant.
This article has tips to help you pay your utility bills and prevent disconnections.
General explanation of residential tenant rights in Texas.