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What are you being sued for? How long has the above activity been going on? Does the lease agreement make clear that you pay your own separately metered utilities or is there some kind of allocation?
There was nothing attached. If your landlord just told you to move and your lease is up and the landlord has not filed a lawsuit against you you would just be filing a complaint in small claims court. What you would be alleging is the following:
1. You entered into a rental agreement to lease the premises
2. The landlord represented that you would be responsible for paying the utilities you incurred in your unit with the implicit representation that you would only pay utilities for your unit and not anyone else's.
3. The landlord concealed from you through his fraudulent omission that he had hooked up [describe each thing connected to your meters] which resulted in you paying for his utilties.
4. Upon information and belief you have paid for $____ of his utilities.
5. You demand judgment for $____ plus interest [you cannot get punitive damages in small claims court] for his fraudulent conduct.
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