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Actually, basic services should never be interrupted (i am referring to those cases in which electricity, water, a/c have been disrupted). As far as the kind of things we are talking to, the service provider should legally pursue the landlord to retrieve the credit and that's it, what is this thing of involving the innocent tenant?
And, even if we admit it is civilized (ok, i take a breath and mumble peace and love, i am starting to get nervous
) to cut the services down, I would expect the tenant to be able to stop paying part of the rental until the service is re-established, getting back at the landlord with whom the contract exists, and the landlord pursuing the service provider for not providing the service or the service providing pursuing the landlord for not paying, case by case.
It all has to do in my opinion with a strange, to me, legal system in which the weak element of the chain is never protected, be it the tenant, the employee, the child, the expat, the stray animal, whatever or whomever.
If I am going to far just remove my post, not the whole thread please.
😱edited by GattaMatta on 20/12/2011