I have an outstanding utility bill from a residence I moved 5-6 years ago. I'm not financially stable to pay this in full or even partial, however, I feel that until this is taken care of, I will not be in good standing to buy a house or save money to move to another apt. How do I make it go away?
Assuming this is from the utility company and not from the landlord, it isn't a landlord tenant matter. 5-6 years is a long time to wait to dispute a debt. Filing Bankruptcy could make it go away, but would do little to help you buy a house or apartment. If the bill is significant maybe look for debt attorney's to see what your options are? Issues to consider would be the statute of limitations on the debt and who owns the debt.
If this is from the landlord, you may be outside the statute of limitations, but if not then it depends on whose name the bill was in, If the LL is trying to pass on costs for a bill in their name, they are in violation of MA law.
These are generic informational answers, not to be construed as legal advice or creating an Attorney client relationship. If you have a legal issue, you should always consult an Attorney in your jurisdiction. You wouldn't ask a surgeon to talk you through a heart transplant via email, don't expect to do the same with a legal matter.
As an attorney practicing in this area of law, it is possible that the bill may be outside of the reporting statute of limitations and may not be collectible. The best advice, is to reach out and set up a time for a free consult with an attorney. We would love to hear from you. Often, we can give you quick information and the best route to handle the problem yourself, and if necessary advise if it makes sense for a lawyer to get further involved.
The above information is for informational and educational purposes only and is based on Massachusetts law. The participation on this forum does not create an attorney-client relationship. Any legal advice should be obtained via an agreement through a licensed attorney.
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