I'm not her, I swear!!
May 4, 2011 1:12 PM Subscribe
I don’t want Time Warner to penalize me for someone else’s delinquency. Help me be prepared to prove that I’m not her.
posted by thebazilist to Home & Garden (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So my mother has a NYC rent-stabilized apartment that is about to be transferred over to my name. For several months, about a year ago, my mother let a friend of hers stay in the apartment. The friend moved out but didn’t take the cable box with her. She and my mother parted inamicably, so we have no way to contact her. But her cable bills keep coming here. She owes several hundred dollars, including the fine for not returning the box.
I could just go down to Time Warner with my new lease and say “Hey I’m ready to open a new account and oh by the way, the previous tenant left this box, do you guys want it?” Except that I know that cable companies are usually very skeptical of this because I guess people claim to be a new tenant in order to avoid paying their old bill. I know someone who had to fight for months before they could get a new account because the previous people had an outstanding bill and it was that company's policy to go by address, not name.
On top of this, my mother’s ex-friend and I have the same last name. It is a very common last name, literally in the top-five most common last names. But still… it all could seem fishy. Even if I went in with my social security card and whatever else, I still could be related to her. And I have no proof that she lives somewhere else.
Is there some kind of affidavit I can get, like, so-and-so swears that I am not this person nor am I related to this person in any way? (The landlord will not be a help here--my mother was subletting illegally and we don't really want to say that this other person was living there.) Is bringing back her old box an admission of guilt?
Or do I just need to suck it up and pay it?