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COVID-19 and Utilities

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed October 2021

Get help to pay your gas, oil or electricity.

If you have a low income, find out if you qualify for:

Discount on your bill.

Fuel Assistance to pay part of your bill.

A program that can pay your rent and utility bills:

Or if you are worried about your utilities being shut-off,

Keep your utilities on. Stop a shut-off of your utilities

Winter protections- Electric and gas companies cannot shut-off your utilities between November 15 and March 15, or sometimes even later. 

Stop a shut-off if you cannot afford your bill and:

Sue your landlord if your landlord turns off your utilities.

Reviewed April, 2022

You may be able to get help with your utilities

If you cannot afford your heat bill in the fall, winter or early spring, see Keep Your Heat From Getting Shut Off This Winter.

Find Legal Aid

You may be able to get free legal help from your local legal aid program. Or email a question about your own legal problem to a lawyer.

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