I've learned not to assume, but how much we talking about for the 6 days they were on site w/ canceled account?
This is an odd set up which I assume may be common in other areas. In my area I have an owners account which the property defaults into when the tenant shuts off service. In this way I could look up online and see whether they switched service and when.
If it was my unit I would pay the bill and not worry about it. Compared to what you have already lost and the negative of having prospective tenants walk in to a unit with no electricity it’s really your o line option.
Also as a side not I am curious if you have ever had success when suing a tenant. I always hear it’s a dead end street.
I’m sorry for your troubles and I hope your next tenant is a good sort.
Pay the bill and pro-rate the electricity bill as a Security Deposit deduction. Even if they don't pay, it is a lot cheaper than frozen/ burst pipes.
That sounds harsh. Too bad you had to go through that. If you are showing the place you have to get the lights on for move in so be careful about that. I dont think you have a choice.
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