Citizens have long argued that the District government operates in the dark, but if trends continue, the lights may go out for real. Landlords who have District agencies as tenants have warned that unless the city starts paying its rent, they will cut off the utilities. According to several city landlords —who do not want to be named for fear they will be stiffed even further—the city has failed to pay its rent in a timely manner since last November. Some rent payments are more than two months overdue, and the city’s promise that the check is in the mail has begun to ring hollow. Several landlords have told the city that without timely rent payments, they can no longer afford to pay Pepco, Washington Gas, and private security agencies, which means it may be a dark day for D.C. agencies sometime soon.