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Is there a way to find out if ex-roommate was using our money for stuff other than utilities in court?

We’re taking him to small claims court for not paying rent, trashing room and many other things. Before he moved out, a month before the power got shut off and when we called they said that it was due to lack of payments and late fees. When we first moved in the bill was $120 a month and when the power got turned off he sent us the email saying it was $280. Obviously he’s been late multiple times for it to have kept going up every month and for it to be turned off. Is there something we can do to prove it and use in court?

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  • 8 months ago

    It doesn't matter what else he was using the money for.

    • Saphire8 months agoReport

      We don’t care what it was he was using for but rather the fact we gave him money for bills every month and it clearly wasn’t being used for that

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  • 8 months ago

    How he spends HIS money is his business. You were ALL responsible to pay a portion of the utility bills, weren't you? If he failed to pay his share, then the other roommates should have paid it , including you, and then you evict the bum. So, what happened? Knowing he was paying late on a regular basis, you should have made sure it was paid. Relying on him to pay his share and not checking that the bill was fully paid is irresponsible. You can sue him for your share but, regardless, how he spends HIS money is his business. All you need to worry about is that he did not pay his portion. Prove that you did and the other roommates and when he cannot prove that he paid his share, then you should win that part of the case. Of course, you should be more prepared than just showing that but, that's it at its most basic level. Focus on his not paying his share, not what he does and does not do with his money.

    Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience & with Landlord & Tenant law experience.
    • Saphire8 months agoReport

      The utilities was in his name, no way we can check it it was paid

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  • Athena
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    8 months ago

    You have to prove HE was responsible for paying that bill.

    If the bill was in his name then you have no responsibility for anything and can just get a new account in your name.

    • Saphire8 months agoReport

      We’re aware of that. The point is proving he used our utilities money we gave him every month for other things than paying the bills

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  • 8 months ago

    The ONLY thing you need to prove is that he DIDN'T pay the utilities. What he did with the money doesn't matter.

    • Saphire8 months agoReport

      Again, I never mentioned proving what he used the money for but rather the principle of him NOT using it for utilities. My question is asking how to prove he wasn’t using it for our utilities, rather for other things

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  • 8 months ago

    The power company should be able to tell you who much the bills were and how much he paid.

    • Saphire8 months agoReport

      I’m not sure they can since it was in his name

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