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As Icy deLight points out in a comment (thanks for the link to this 2008 story) to the post below, there is nothing unusual about HOAs and condo associations having their utilities cut off for non-payment. That makes the place uninhabitable, the authorities take steps to make that official, and eviction of the owners is the next step. As Fred Pilot notes in his comment on the post, the attorney who says this is an unusual thing doesn't know what he's talking about. The unusual thing is for a local government to get busy and address the problem systematically instead of waiting for the "free market" to solve it. The City of Chicago is the only municipality I know of that has set up a serious program to turn failed condo buildings into apartments. In this city alone, "To date, about 150 Chicago condo buildings, from six-flats to a 36-unit building, are somewhere in the process of being converted into apartment buildings. " So don't tell me the problem is uncommon.