What to do if my apartment management wants me to pay for electricity bill that’s not on my name?

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What to do if my apartment management wants me to pay for electricity bill that’s not on my name?

I live in remodeled apartment where they combined 2 apartments together 211 and 212. I’ve been paying electric bill for apartment 211 that is the new address for this apartment. And now apartment management sent me electrical bill for $238 for apartment 212 saying that is my bill. First of all, the bill is not in my name. Do I still have to pay it? Second, the average bill should be from $100-$150. How do I know that this is the bill for electricity used in my apartment and anywhere else? Should I pay this bill? Am I responsible for this mistake they made or not?

Asked on February 2, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Texas

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

From what you have written, I see no factual or legal basis why you should be obligated to pay the electricity bill for some other person when the invoice is not in your name. I suggest that you have a face to face meeting with the apartment's management company to rectify the issue that you are writing about and to learn more about why management expects you to pay the $238 bill.

I would also look into who the person whose name on the $238 bill is. If the bill is for unit # 212 and you reside in unit # 211, I have a hard time understanding why you should be responsible for an electrical bill that is not for your unit.


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