Can an old electricity bill of my husbands go onto my account?

by Amanda
(Fenton, Michigan, USA)

Two years ago my at the time boyfriend and I got an apartment and I put the electricity bill in my name. Soon after I got a letter stating I owed money on a house that he had previously lived in and had an outstanding bill.

I talked to the company and told them I had never lived at that house and I didn't owe them anything. They proceeded to hound me and told me I needed proof that I didn't live there. I got off the phone with them and called my father(a sheriff of the county over and the home I was living in at the time that this bill had happened). My father called up the company and about 5 minutes later told me it was taken care of and that they shouldn't bother me again.

We recently got married(last month) but we have separate accounts on everything. The only thing that is in both of our names is the apartment.

They sent me the bill again saying that recently reviewed my account and saw I had an outstanding balance for the house I never lived in.

Can they legally send me my new husbands old bill when I never lived there and he is not on this electricity bill?

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Sep 30, 2010
old electric bill
by: Gerri & Mary


We are hearing a lot of complaints like yours, and we're afraid we don't know the answer in your particular situation. There are some situations where you can be required to pay an old bill on a house you owned (even if you didn't live there) or for a house you left while owing a utility bill.

We suggest you read the Michigan Public Service Commission rules and if necessary, contact them directly for help.

We hope this helps!

Sep 30, 2010
by: Anonymous

Thank you very much for the advice. I am looking at the site now.

Everything I have read and all the people I have talked to have basically told me that they are not able to do such thing.

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