What to do if my landlords never switched back the electric to their name and now I have a collection agency telling me I owe almost $1300?

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What to do if my landlords never switched back the electric to their name and now I have a collection agency telling me I owe almost $1300?

I had moved out of an apartment 6 years ago. I called the electric company after receiving the letter stating I had a collection account for them for $1288 that was charged off. The landlords never switched the electric back to their name. What can I do? And who can help? Also how much will it cost me to fix this? It’s acomplete nightmare.

Asked on May 3, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, New York

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The best way to resolve the situation that you are in is to write the electric company and your former landlord a letter explaining that the landlords never took the electrical bill out of your name for the former rental that you had where you have not lived there for more than six (6) years.

Potentially depending upon how long back the $1,288 bill goes the electrical company could be time barred under your state's statute of limitations from pursuing you for this money. I would also request that the electrical company make sure that the bill is no longer in your name but in the name of the former landlord's.

The best way to try and resolve this dispute is to contact the former landlord and have him or her pay this $1,288 bill. If the collection company continues to bother you about this matter, have it call your former landlord for payment.


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