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Practically, he needs to contest the charge and demand that the subsequent user cover the charges
so it becomes a two front effort
negotiating with the utility company to shift the cost or hold off on pursuing it
and then demanding and if needed suing the subsequent user to have said persons pay
Lawyer involvement by letter to both can help expedite movement on both fronts.
Let me know if you satisfied or if I can clarify anything
awaiting your reply
So their lawyer is stating that he is responsible regardless of his lease termination. Is it unreasonable for us to ask them to quote Massachusetts General Law regarding public utilities because I do not find that in writing under any law. And how might he best obtain a lawyer to represent him. Does the state provide that? We do have DPU investigators so imagine that they will act as mediators.
It is very reasonable
To demand payment from a non user and non occupant is unjust
and there is no basis in fact or law for it
they have their remedy in pursuing the third party
if they refuse, son should pursue that third party directly
I wish you the best.
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ok, thanks much
have a nice weekend
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it was off before.
And the 3rd party did make minimal payments to the bill early this year probably to avoid having it shut off again. So the utility knows of the 3rd party. Then they wrote off the balance.
that helps a lot
shows the company knew, the 3rd party knew to pay, and basis for full payment by 3rd party
it amounts to an admission
and will be very helpful
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All the best to you both.
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