Tenant Rights: How to Stop your Landlord from Shutting off your Utilities Illegally


This self-help packet will teach you how to file a Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”) Against An Illegal Utility Shut-off.  

Use this packet if:

• you rent from a private landlord and/or receive Section 8 assistance AND

• your landlord has threatened to shut off your utilities OR has already shut off  your utilities AND

• your landlord does not have a court order to evict you.  

If you are being evicted too, talk to a Legal Aid intake advocate at 808-536-4302 (Oahu) or 1-800-499-4302 (neighbor islands toll-free) before filling out this packet. 


IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are in Public Housing or special housing (e.g., UH housing, day-to-day hotel, or homeless shelter), this packet will not apply to your situation. 

Last Review and Update: Sep 21, 2018
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