Maryland bans utility shutoffs, late fees through Nov. 15

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Posted at 12:03 PM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 12:03:34-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland's Public Service Commission has extended a ban on utility shutoffs and late fees through November 15.

Governor Larry Hogan’s Executive Order was set to expire on September 1.

Utilities include gas, electric, heat and water.

“The Commission’s goal is to help those customers struggling with household expenses during this difficult time and to ensure that their utility services remain connected,” said Jason M. Stanek, Chairman of the Maryland PSC. “It is important that customers behind on their utility bills not wait for a turn-off notice or, when they receive one, to contact their utility right away and work with them to discuss payment plans and bill assistance programs that are available to help them.

Termination notices will not be sent to customers until at least October 1. Companies now have to give 45 days notice of a shutoff as opposed to the 14-days previously required.

During that time tenants will be given between 12 and 24 months to pay off their outstanding bills. A down payment or deposit will not be required to begin a payment plan.

Here are some state agencies who could help if you fall behind.