I stepped up and gave alot of info to Edison regarding former tenants and they put every bill on me turned it off for three weeks and made me pay 3500.00 just to turn it on. 2300.00 due. They made me pay it on a certain account number not mine. They will not itemize any of it for me they say it is confidential information. They have sent here three pieces of mail not in my name I opened them because they have been slowly applying my money to vairous peoples accounts and it says on them for deposits! I m paying deposits for everyone who lived here? I leased the property the house I was in sold and I had to move, there was an eviction of criminals living here I had to be here with them for two weeks before the sheriff came. It was put in many names because they were avoiding paying any bills. We are talking about 8 months to a year of this. I helped the owner do the eviction so I know names and alot of paper left here I disclosed to Edison but it was , as I suspected they may do, not good at all for me. Executives said if I prove I did not live here that I wouldn/t have to pay it. I did that and she said "I changed my mind" 6000.00 dollars! I cant be legal!
It appears that Edison thinks that you are responsible for the entire amount. That cannot be correct, as I see it. I would recommend writing down every detail of every interaction you had, including the executive's representation that if you showed you didn't live there, you didn't need to pay: What were her words, exactly?
Take this back to Edison: Instead of speaking with people on the phone where there is much room for misunderstanding, make all communication be in writing. Then organize all the facts on paper, send them to Edison (keeping the originals for your own files) and revisit the issue. You may need to go to court to resolve this.
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I don't see how you're liable for the former tenants debts. It sounds like they're had a huge debt they wanted to collect so they pinned it all on you. This also sounds like a violation of California's debt collection laws and you may to able to sue Edison. I would talk to an attorney and have them review your case.
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