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Our landlord brought natural gas lines into our mobile home park.  Then, they offered free gas stove or gas dryer to entice folks to switch to the natural gas, hook up included.  Several home owners agreed.  The gas company put in their meters and have started billing the home owners, but the landlord has not come through with the free appliances.  Now these home owners are being billed for the line and meter while also still having to pay for their propane services.  Anyone have any idea what these home owners can do now?  I've searched the New Jersey statutes but this scenario isn't covered under the applicable Landlord/Tenant laws.

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1 hour ago, ElleMD said:

If they still have electric appliances and are using propane tanks, not natural gas lines, there shouldn't be a bill from the gas company.

 

There are base monthly charges regardless of the amount of usage.

 

 

15 hours ago, shortygirl said:

Anyone have any idea what these home owners can do now?

 

Obviously, the first, second, and third things to do are to bug the landlord about this.  Ultimately, if the landlord doesn't do what it agreed to do, the remedy is to sue for breach of contract (although I have no idea why these folks would be using propane for anything other than a barbecue if natural gas is available).

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pg1067, agreed, bugging the landlord is what they have been doing.  As for your having no idea why they would be using propane, many mobile homes are plumbed to use propane fuel for heating and cooking purposes.  Those appliances that are not too old can be converted to use natural gas.  Older appliances would have to be replaced, including furnaces.  That is what made the landlords' offer so appealing, free stove or dryer.

 

ElleMD, they are not being billed for the gas, as there is none running through the line yet.  They are however, being billed for the meter itself.

 

I've suggested they notify the landlord of intent to deduct the charge from the rent, since the landlords' delay is causing them to have to pay for something they are as yet unable to take advantage of and use.

 

There is a clock ticking on this, as the home owners had to sign an agreement that if they did not hook up an appliance to the line within one year, they would be subject to being billed $1,200 for the laying of the gas line to their home site.

 

Hopefully, it won't come down to filing a breach of contract case, but thank you for sending me in the right direction.

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Hi @shortygirl

 

Thanks for posting! Looks like you've gotten some great direction from the legal community. As others have mentioned, the homeowners may need to sue for breach of contract, and may want to pool their resources to hire a local attorney together. Our Lawyer Directory is a great way to find New Jersey attorneys -- many offer free consultations.

 

Best of luck and keep us posted!

The FindLaw.com Team

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