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Tenant didn't pay gas, default on my name.

Discussion in 'Property Management' started by ADLInvestor, 15th Feb, 2017.

  1. TMNT

    TMNT Well-Known Member

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    absolutely not!
     
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  2. ADLInvestor

    ADLInvestor Well-Known Member

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    It is small considering that 1 hour with a lawyer, but i'm still just a touch bitter seeing it's our first investment property.

    I know it's probably sarcasm, but i'm by no means rich.
     
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  3. Otie

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    That makes sense now. I guess luckily it's only $400, though still hurts!
     
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  4. Lemmy a fiver

    Lemmy a fiver Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for sharing your story, sorry about your gas bill loss.
    But I guess its another reminder to us all to be more vigilant rather than just to assume.
    There's every possibility that you will never receive the debt owed to you.
    But your story may well save many over the next few years from making exactly the same mistake.
    Thats what a community is all about, education/experiences both good & bad.
    Thanks again for sharing,
    It's much appreciated.
     
  5. snoopy

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    Did you open an account with Origin either over the phone or signing any documents? The builder can't open the account on your behalf unless you authorise them to.

    If in doubt I would ask Origin for evidence that you opened the account.

    If they can't provide this complain to the Energy Ombudsmen.

    Energy & Water Ombudsman NSW (EWON) for NSW and there are similar bodies in other states I believe
     
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  6. dabbler

    dabbler Well-Known Member

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    I had something similar happen, but with water, had a short term tenant, the nong conveyancer at the time advised everyone that our address was that of the IP

    Tenant knew the bill was coming, but binned them along with everything else, second tenant called when water was cut off, then we all worked out what was happening, could not do much anyway, as you have to give the invoices to them in a certain time frame for water, tenant was gaming the system. Should have made the PM pay as they should have been doing meter read and asking where the bill was.

    Lucky no default.

    I am wondering why anyone could open an account on your behalf ? if you authorised it, then you would have to cut it off too, I think they knowingly cheated you, everyone knows electricity and gas etc costs. So you prob have a leg to stand on, I would chase them just so they do not think they will always get away with it, maybe a debt collection agency will take it.