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PG&E has shut off my utilities for a past due bill belonging

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PG&E has shut off my utilities for a past due bill belonging to my roommate at my old residence. I just bought a house of my own and moved. Apparently because they can prove i lived at the residence, her unpaid bill, which was in her name with her PG&E account number, has been attached to my PG&E account making my bill show the over due, delinquent balance of $2000, which at this time I can not afford to pay. So now I have no GAS or Electricity in my new home. PG&E wants my bill paid in full to restore services. IS THIS LEGAL???
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Consumer Protection Law
Expert:  Dwayne B. replied 8 years ago.
I don't see how unless your agreement with them states that they can do this. It is probably just one of their tactics that nobody ever challenges.

The easiest thing for you to do is pay the bill, making sure that you mark it "Paid under protest", and then sue the company.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.

I DID NOT AGREE TO ANYTHING, I HAD MOVED AND THE $ AMOUNT FROM HER UN PAID PG&E ACCOUNT APPEARED ON MY BILL AT MY NEW RESIDENCE.

HAVING JUST PURCHASED MY FIRST HOME, I DON'T HAVE THE $2000 TO PAY THE BILL. I AM NOW LIVING W/O ELECTRICITY.

Expert:  Dwayne B. replied 8 years ago.
I am unaware of any law that will allow them to do that. However, they have the upper hand. The best solution if you can't pay the bill is to file suit against them in small claims court and ask the judge to make a determination that you are not responsible for the bill.

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