[do] leave the light on, baby
January 31, 2009 4:24 PM Subscribe
We've been in our apartment for six months this February. We have yet to receive an electric bill.
posted by meghosaurus to home & garden (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The electricity for our apartment was shut off when we moved in. We called to have it restarted, and all was well for the first month. After 6 weeks without a bill, I called the electric company (we're in Michigan, fwiw). They said not to worry, we should be receiving our bill soon. Every month, I've called to report we still haven't received anything. I do have an electronic account for online bill payment, and the balance has remained $0.00 the entire duration of our stay.
Each time I call the electric company, I get transferred several times, and each time hear some version of "Huh. That's strange. It says here you've called multiple times, but it doesn't look like anyone's followed up. I don't know why you haven't received a bill, but you should next month." Each time, a month comes and goes with no bill.
At this point, I'm not sure what else to do. Our landlord hasn't received a bill either, and we still have power, even though we haven't paid a penny. I've tried to be very proactive with the electric company, but really don't know what else to do if they refuse to send us a bill. Is there some statute of limitations on utilities? If our account still shows a zero balance when we move out, could a collections agency come after us a few years down the road? What can I do to make this right, aside from continuing to log useless phone calls each month?