One of our clients started renting her Baltimore rowhouse in November 2014. Recently, she received a notice that the landlord owes more than $5,000 on the water bill; now she faces imminent water shut-off through no fault of her own. She did not rack up a $5,000 bill in five short months, yet she has no good options. She cannot start her own account because Baltimore water refuses to open an account in the name of anyone other than the property owner. While she can seek relief through a rent escrow process in court, that will take weeks if not months, and there is no guarantee that water will ever be restored — particularly if the landlord suddenly goes MIA, as often happens in this kind of situation. Our client can attempt to move, but her family does not have the requisite money for a security deposit, two months rent, and moving expenses on such short notice. In short, her family is at extreme risk of living in uninhabitable conditions or homelessness.