Utilities can send shutoff notices to Maryland homes starting this week. But help is available.
Utility companies could soon send termination notices to Marylanders who are behind on their bills, as a months-long moratorium on shut-offs comes to an end.
A state prohibition on residential disconnections began in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic. A moratorium remains in place for water, gas and electric service turn-offs until Nov. 15, but notices can begin going out Oct. 1.
Consumer advocates, state officials and utility companies all have the same message: Reach out now if you need help.
They said people should contact their utilities and apply for assistance as soon as possible.