Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced Wednesday a $100,000 settlement with Washington Gas Light Company (WGL) and Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco).
The settlement aims to resolve allegations that both companies terminated utility services to the occupants of Lynnhill Condominiums with only one day’s notice. Legally, utility companies are required to provide its customers with 14 days’ individualized notice.
The action prompted Prince George’s County to temporarily declare the property uninhabitable. Occupants had no time to prepare, before they were forced out of their homes. Some of the Lynnhill occupants went to stay with family or friends, while others went to local hotels and shelters. Other chose to remain in their homes without heat.
“The Lynhill residents did not get fair warning before their utilities were cut off and they were forced onto the street,” said Attorney General Frosh in a statement. “The termination of heat and light made the apartments unsafe and caused real hardship for many of the residents. We hope that this settlement will help them recover from the troubles they endured.”
WGL and Pepco have already refunded consumers who were the recipients of defective notices and were forced to pay reconnection fees.