A glorious thing happened at 4 o'clock this afternoon - the power was turned back on. I think I forgot to mention in the other posts that when the electricity goes, so does the hot water. So I am back to living my comfortable life with hot water, air conditioning, a refrigerator, etc. And I now have a much greater appreciation for all of these modern day things!
The landlord admitted to not paying and over-charging us, and paid the fee to get the electricity hooked back up. We have also paid enough to him over the past few months that we won't have to pay the next month. The next light bill we pay will be in November.