Deposit, gas bills
December 12, 2012 7:46 PM Subscribe
How do I go about tying up the financial loose ends of my last apartment?
posted by lewedswiver to Work & Money (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I live in California, and I moved out of a room in a house that I was renting on October 1.
The issues are 1) deposit and 2) gas/power bill
I haven't been paid my deposit back yet. I've been texting the landlord, and he has said rather explicitly that he needs someone to move into my room in order to get the money to pay back my deposit. I understand this is rather illegal. He keeps telling me a date by which he probably will have the deposit, but that keeps passing.
I'm looking for *practical* advice for the most likely way I'll get the money back. What do I go about doing so that he's most likely to pay up?
The tenants paid the gas and power bills. One different tenant was on each bill (neither me), and I had agreed to pay 1/5, my share, of each bill. However, this house was kind of a slum house and the bills were infrequently paid... my impression was they were always stringing the power company along, staying just above getting it shut off, and in six months I only made one power payment and no gas payments (because that was when I was asked).
I left my phone number with the tenants whose name is on the bills, but they've never contacted me about paying. To what extent do I have to seek out paying these bills? If there are late fees, do I have to pay my share of those? I want to square these accounts, but I also don't want to be scammed, so I need documentation of what is my share. Do I need to contact the tenants to see how much I owe? I'm afraid of paying some, getting them to sign something saying I paid, and then getting asked to pay more and more and have that signature be claimed invalid.