My tenant has moved out and I have discovered she has not been paying for electricity/ gas and has a £1500 debt. The utility companies are now chasing me for it! Letters are addressed to ‘owner’, rather than her. I have sent them the tenancy agreement showing she was liable, they didnt reply and I am still being hounded by debt collectors.
(The tenant also owes me £1400 for damages/ unpaid rent which the deposit didnt cover.)
She has not given me a forwarding address, but I have the address of her mother who was guarantor, thus jointly responsible. ( Although her words to me when I contacted her were ‘its nothing to do with me’ before she hung up on me! Can I pass on the mothers address to the utility companies? I am concerned that my new tenants may cone home one day to find a pay as you go meter has been fitted and they will end up paying off this debt!
I am wondering if I should pay the utility bills and then add that to the amount she owes me, although maybe its not worth paying legal fees as it could be difficult to take her to court if I dont know where she’s living. I do have an email address for her, but not sure if that is an alternative to sending a court summons by conventional post.
Any advice appreciated.