Is it landlord's responsibility for problematic utility bill?
My former tenant called and asked me to write a statement that I had a defective water heater, which caused the water bill being so high. I wrote the letter and had an appointment with the former tenant. However, I knew that I couldn't trust her. She did not show up, as usual. When she called me and asked me to meet her, I told her to give me her current address, so I could mail it to her. She would not give me the address. I told her that I had all the experiences with her for not showing up whenever we had appointments (such as repair and governmental assistance appmts). She argued that I shouldn't feel troublesome to go out to meet her, because it would be my responsibility to pay for the water bill for not provide the letter to the utility company.
Yes, the water heater was leaking. She told me the day she moved out. It was the first time she ever told me about it. I replaced it right away. Now, she got the final bill from the utility company. She complained that the water heater was leaking, so the company told her to get either some repair invoices or letters from me to verify that indeed it was a mechanical problem that caused the water bill being so high.
I agreed and wrote the letter and waited for her. It was her usual no-show attitude. If she does not pay, it shouldn't be my responsibility to pay for it, should it? I don't live in the house, so I would not know what's going on there. Isn't it tenant's responsibility to notify the landlord as soon as she found out the problem, so the problem can be taken care right away? She failed to do so in the first place. Then, she failed to meet me to get the letter. I wouldn't think that the utility company is going to ask me to pay for her utility bill.