A simple solution to this frustrating problem is to hold your tenants accountable for these types of utilities in your written lease, and then inform your service provider that your tenants have moved in and take the utilities out of your name. If the electricity is cut off due to a default, you don`t have pg-E or your tenants on your back, since paying the electricity bill is your tenant`s responsibility! Probably one of the biggest complaints I`ve received from landlords lately is that their tenants run their electricity and gas all day and all night, and the landlord gets a crazy bill from PG-E. The typical question I get is how to force a tenant to pay the bill. Worse, some landlords ask, «Can`t I just turn off property services because tenants don`t pay?» The bad news I have for these landlords is that, according to state law, if the utilities are on your behalf, you have to keep the supply company on, even if the tenants go crazy, the bill is going on. A tenant can sue you for illegal eviction under the California Civil Code 789.3 if he has eliminated the services. I also tell these landlords that if a landlord has a rental unit and pays the electricity bill, if that landlord does not pay the bill, the supply company comes according to the owner for the unpaid supply balances, whether the tenants pay them or not, since the owner is the customer of the registration for the electricity bill. For this reason, you never want to have variable-based utilities on your behalf. If your tenants raise the bill, it is your responsibility to pay the bill and continue to pay for the services.