AB 2747, passed by the California Legislature in August and approved by Governor Brown in September, imposes additional service termination notice requirements on special districts for light, heat, water, and power service accounts.
The bill goes into effect on January 1, 2015, and applies to any agency of the state, formed pursuant to general law or by special act, for the local performance of governmental or proprietary functions within limited boundaries. The new law does not apply to cities, counties, or school districts.
Requirements Pursuant to Existing Law
Whenever a district furnishes residential light, heat, water, or power through a master meter, or furnishes individually metered service in a multiunit residential structure, mobilehome park, or farm labor camp, where the owner, manager, or farm labor employer is listed by the district as the customer of record, the district is required to make every good faith effort to inform the actual users of the services that service will be terminated when the account is in arears. This notice must be provided at least 10 days prior to termination of the services.
Existing law also requires the district to continue to make the services available to the actual users of the services who are willing and able to assume responsibility for the entire account.
New Requirements Under AB 2747
AB 2747 amends Government Code section 60371 to require districts to provide that same notice to actual users in single-family dwellings, and to make service available to actual users in single-family dwellings who are willing and able to assume responsibility for the account.
The new law also requires that the written notice to the actual users in the single-family dwellings, multiunit residential structures, mobilehome parks, or farm labor camps, be provided in the following languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Korean.
For further information, please contact Wesley A. Miliband, Patricia J. Quilizapa, or Miles P. Hogan from Aleshire & Wynder, LLP’s Water Practice Group at (949) 223-1170.
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