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SECTION 34
Discontinuance of utility service in two family dwellings
Public Service (PBS) CHAPTER 48, ARTICLE 2
§ 34. Discontinuance of utility service in two family dwellings. 1.
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no utility corporation or
municipality shall terminate gas or electric service to a two family
dwelling that it knows contains units where service is not metered
separately unless such utility or municipality shall have given fifteen
days' written notice of its intention to terminate service as follows:

(a) a copy of such notice shall be mailed to the owner of the premises
affected, or in lieu thereof, to the person, firm or corporation to whom
or which the last preceding service bill has been rendered, and

(b) a copy of such notice shall be mailed or otherwise delivered to
each occupied unit, and

(c) where possible, a copy of such notice shall be posted in a
conspicuous place at or within the dwelling.

2. The commission shall affirmatively approve or provide for the form
and content of notices required by subdivision one of this section. Such
notices shall state the intended date of termination of service, the
amount due for such service, and the procedure by which any occupant may
make payment or take action to avoid termination of service.

3. The commission shall provide by regulation:

(a) that any occupant may prevent termination of service if such
occupant applies for and is eligible for such service;

(b) that any occupant may prevent termination of service by making
payments in accordance with established procedures. In no event shall
such payments include bills more than two months in arrears. Any
occupant who chooses to pay current charges shall not be liable for any
future bills which may be rendered for utility service supplied to the
dwelling. The utility corporation or municipality shall continue to
render all bills to the customer with a copy to be sent to any occupant
upon request; and

(c) staff to advise occupants of the provisions of this section and
the commission's regulations.

4. Whenever the obligations owed to the utility corporation or
municipality for service to a dwelling have been satisfied, the
corporation or municipality shall notify an occupant of each dwelling
which was given notice of intent to terminate service.