2020 Georgia Code
Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses
Chapter 12 - Offenses Against Public Health and Morals
Article 1 - General Provisions
§ 16-12-3. Suspension of Gas or Electrical Service for Not Making Payments on Appliances Purchased From or Repaired by Utility Company

Universal Citation: GA Code § 16-12-3 (2020)
  1. It shall be unlawful for any gas or electric utility company or electric membership corporation to cut off or suspend gas or electric service in any residence because the resident has failed to pay for or has failed to make timely payments for any appliance purchased from or any appliance repaired by such company or corporation. Payments received from a resident shall be first applied to the service, unless otherwise specified by the resident at the time of payment.
  2. Any company or corporation or any agent or employee thereof acting within the scope of his authority knowingly violating subsection (a) of this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

(Ga. L. 1975, p. 849, § 1.)

Cross references.

- Sales of goods or services under retail installments contracts, § 10-1-1 et seq.

Maintenance or operation of bucket shop, § 13-9-6.



- Duty of public utility to notify patron in advance of temporary suspension of service, 52 A.L.R. 1078.

Duty of gas company as regards precautions to be taken upon or after discontinuing service to premises, 13 A.L.R.2d 1396.

Right of public utility to deny service at one address because of failure to pay for past service rendered at another, 73 A.L.R.3d 1292.

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