Richards Layton & Finger

Notice of Termination of Utilities for Common Interest Communities

September 8, 2015

On September 3, 2015, Governor Markell signed into law House Bill No. 177, as amended. This new legislation requires gas and electricity suppliers to maintain a third-party notification system that allows a customer to designate another person to receive notice prior to the termination of service to that customer. More specifically, the bill allows condominiums and co-operatives to adopt bylaws requiring owners to designate the community association as a person who will receive notices of utility service terminations. The legislation also directs the common interest community ombudsman to promulgate a form bylaw that can be used by associations for this purpose. The legislation will take effect on November 3, 2015.

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