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    pedz
    'Friend' owes me money
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    • 31st Oct 12, 11:05 PM
    'Friend' owes me money 31st Oct 12 at 11:05 PM

    Hi, I made a big mistake and moved in with someone I thoughtwas a friend but who now owes me £220 in rent and is refusing to pay it back. Ihave now moved out of the house and the contract ends on 8th November but thereare outstanding bills on the property and i don't know what to do. The moneyshe owes me is for rent as she is claiming housing benefit and the council took3 months to sort out her claim so I paid all the rent for 3 months. When herclaim was resolved the council said they would not pay it all so I was left outof pocket.

    I paid all the bills out of my bank account and she gave methe money when she felt like it. All the money she paid me was bank transfers -she never gave me cash. I moved out of the property on 21st October and she hasnow moved out as well but by the time the contract ends we will owe 2 monthsgas and electric (I can't afford to pay when I know she won't pay me back) andthe last bit of rent - about £200. What should I do? Should I pay my half orshould I leave it to go to court and explain that she owes me rent and I can'tafford to pay her share? I am really stuck and would appreciate any help,thanks
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    • 1st Nov 12, 12:36 PM
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    • 1st Nov 12, 12:36 PM
    Hi, I made a big mistake and moved in with someone I thoughtwas a friend but who now owes me £220 in rent and is refusing to pay it back. Ihave now moved out of the house and the contract ends on 8th November but thereare outstanding bills on the property and i don't know what to do. The moneyshe owes me is for rent as she is claiming housing benefit and the council took3 months to sort out her claim so I paid all the rent for 3 months. When herclaim was resolved the council said they would not pay it all so I was left outof pocket.

    I paid all the bills out of my bank account and she gave methe money when she felt like it. All the money she paid me was bank transfers -she never gave me cash. I moved out of the property on 21st October and she hasnow moved out as well but by the time the contract ends we will owe 2 monthsgas and electric (I can't afford to pay when I know she won't pay me back) andthe last bit of rent - about £200. What should I do? Should I pay my half orshould I leave it to go to court and explain that she owes me rent and I can'tafford to pay her share? I am really stuck and would appreciate any help,thanks
    Originally posted by pedz
    Hi pedz - we'd urge you to contact your local bureau and get an appointment with an adviser for help and support on this. And we'd suggest that you have any relevant documents to hand when you speak with them on the phone or face-to-face. Also, you don't mention whether the tenancy agreement and the bills were in your name only, or in the name of yourself and your friend? It would probably be useful to have details like that to hand as well.
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    I am an official representative of CAB. MSE has given permission for me to post in response to questions on the CAB Board. You can see my name on the companies with permission to post list. If you believe Iíve broken any rules please report my post to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com as usual"
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