You are sueing me for what? And who are you to begin with?!
January 18, 2012 8:01 AM Subscribe
[Germany] I got a letter from court that a Pay TV provider sues me for not paying for their services; a 6 months bill worth over 400 €. Problem: I've never had anything to do with this - or any other - Pay TV provider in my entire life.
posted by MinusCelsius to law & government (10 answers total)
The bill lists my old address, where I have moved out 3.5 years ago after a big fallout with the landlord. I caught him several times in my appartment, always giving weird reasons like "I only wanted to check if all windows were closed". Obviously, I took the next best chance to move out and live at my current address ever since.
In neither place did I have any Pay TV contracts. I have a TV, sure, but I so rarely use it, it would never occur to me to even look into such a thing.
However, it was not too low for my former landlord to call my current one - about a year after I moved out - to claim I don't pay my rent and damage the property. Since I do pay my rent and am generally a quiet and easy going resident, my current landlord just hung up on him and never bothered with it any further, with the exception of telling me about this call.
I don't doubt said former landlord would sink even lower to harrass former residents (I'm not the only one with such experiences; the woman who lived there before me was accussed of running a bordello... in a 2 room appartment in a quiet suburbian neighborhood...) and seeing the Pay TV bill out of nowhere has this old address on it... it smells more than fishy.
My questions are, obviously, what do I do now? This is a letter from court, from a Pay TV company I never had anything to do with, sueing me to pay for a service I never had or wanted. I have no hard evidence that my former landlord is behind this, and no clue what kind of evidence they present. I assume they must have something telling them I ordered random movie and sports channels 4 years ago (actually, that I ordered them right after catching my landlord in my appartment and saying I'll move out, making things even more suspicious to me.) How do I prove I did no such thing? Do I need a lawyer? Could I end up paying for this?