I've been through it with TECO!! My father was going to guarantee my deposit and I've made several phone calls to just get the run around!! My father has great credit and has paid his bill on time for over 30yrs with TECO. I was just informed that his credit isn't good enough to help us with the extra required deposit. We've been unemployed for over 7mos. and yes we've paid late but never had our elcetric cut off!! How can they hold over $550.oo for a deposit (just in case) we leave our house!! They are the only elcectric company, what a monopoly!!! Is this legal?