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?
- SlickterpLv 78 months ago
It doesn't matter what else he was using the money for.
- babyboomer1001Lv 78 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.
- AthenaLv 78 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.
- STEVEN FLv 78 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.
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- StephenWeinsteinLv 78 months ago
The power company should be able to tell you who much the bills were and how much he paid.