Hi my name is Karissa and I’m 27 years old and I’ve been living in a house with no electricity and no hot water for the past year or so… It’s taken it’s toll on me mentally and physically but recently seems as though it’s picking up the pace.
I moved in with a family friend of over 20 years approximately 3 years ago. She was renting a single bedroom with a back house. Her daughter already occupied the back house so I made the living room my own. Rent was/is 1100 monthly plus whatever utilities. I give her 200 monthly and I used to pay 1/3 of the electric/gas utility bill. I saw the bill personally the first few months of living here but because my payment remained the same for the most part I stopped looking at the bill and just trusted her with the amount I owed and because I’d known her so long I never second guessed the bill was actually getting paid. Well somewhere down the line I guess she stopped paying the bill but was still collecting my portion of the utilities every month.
The day I figured out she wasn’t paying the utilities AT ALL was the day the electricity was shut off. I got an idea of how long she hadn’t been paying the electricity bill when Edison informed me how much she owed them; A whoppping $5,239.63 😩 how She managed to get the bill that high before they shut us off is beyond me.
Long story short, the electric company was so fed up with her ‘tricks’ that they made it literally impossible to get the electric turned on unless someone else moved in after we moved out or if she gave them at least $3000 towards her insanely high bill 😥
Not too long after that , the gas was shut off also(she only hadn’t been paying the gas bill for a couple few months cause it’s a measly $324. Unfortunately, both bills are too high for any or all of us to pay off at any given time since we only get a set amount monthly and thank goodness that we remain caught up on rent.
I just stumbled on this site and figured it couldn’t hurt to give it a shot since im outta ideas and am at that point where I truly need help… Depending on how well this works out I will either pay off her bill then switch the account to mine for future payments or just move out and find another room for rent where utilities aren’t an issue….
If you’re willing to help, any amount would be so very much appreciated. Those who help me, I thank in advance.