It’s not uncommon that sometimes you might plan to start moving in a few days after your lease starting day. However, the utilities should still be set up as per the lease starting day instead of the day you actually move in for the following reasons:
01. The current tenants (if occupied) or the owners (if the home is vacant) are already scheduled to disconnect the utilities right on the day they move out or the first day of the lease. According to the lease agreement, this is when the new tenants shall step in to take over. As per the lease agreement, you are responsible for the utilities during the lease term, regardless of whether you are physically present or not.
02.Utility companies normally charge an extra hefty setup fee if the account has to be reinstated. This could be an unpleasant surprise for you if the previous residents cancelled their account at the end of the month, and you did not register immediately, resulting in a gap where no one is on the account. The account may be regarded as disconnected, and you would be responsible for this additional charge to set up the utility account again.”