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Renters changed the phone # on the utilities bill.(bill was

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Renters changed the phone # ***** the utilities bill.(bill was still in my name).can I pursue criminal charges?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 1 year ago.
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If they misrepresented themselves as you and changed only the phone number, then it could be deemed identity theft and it is something you could file with your local district attorney. It is solely up to the district attorney whether or not to pursue charges, but you can still file a civil suit and seek to evict them for breaching your lease for doing so (of course you would have to give them 30 day notice to leave based on this breach of the lease and then sue for eviction).