What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? IL
A new tenant is about to move-in in a few weeks. When she called to have the electricity service on the day that she's suppose to move-in, the elec. company told her that it will not be possible to turn the electricity on the day that the new tenant moves in because the previous tenant had not paid the electricity bills and the service had been interrupted as a result. According to the electricity company, due to an interruption by the previous tenant, it takes anywhere from 10 to 12 days to restart the new application. That means, when the new tenant moves in, they will not have electricity because of the previous tenants' wrongdoing.
As a landlord, I am inclined to ask the new tenant to move in after the electricity has been turned on, but that means the new tenant has no where to go do in the meantime. Also, that means, I am losing out on the pro rated rent for the first month, due to the previous tenant's mistake.
Can the landlord charge the old tenant for the days that the new tenant can't move in? I still have the security deposit from the old tenant.