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    utility bill unpaid by previous tenant

    Hi all, I am new here, for some advise please? I have been sent letters from debt menagement company for British Gas for recovering under £60 addressed to "legal home owner". I am managing the property. the legal owners are only my chiildren, so I wouldn't like them to be involved. I have written to British gas with details that they should get debt management company to stop sending letters as we have the tenancy agreement signe by the tenants that they are responsible for any bills to be paid. I am still waiting to hear from British gas (given them 7 to 10 days to response, a week ago!) but I have rec'd now 3rd letter from the debt recovery company

    Any advise about what I should do?

    #2
    Return to sender! and keep returning until they give up.

    What actually happens is these companies buy up old debt for pennies in the pound and then dun the debtors. BG has already sold the debt on, now the DCA is trying to make you pay the full amount plus penalties probably.

    Only take notice of them if they send a (real) court summons.

    I recommend you do a bit of reading on the 'consumer action group' website (CAG)
    I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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      #3
      You will be resposible for the standing charges from when the T left and this can be a surprisingly high amount of money.

      Don't be surprised if the TV lisencing people start sending you some really bullying letters. I ignore them now. They come round to your house and keep writing and writing.

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        #4
        Did you write (& keep a copy) to ultiity companies & council when tenant moved in (& out..) giving names of who was responsible??

        Who's name was the bill in??

        Do the kids submit tax returns??(Think they probably need to..)
        I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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