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Junior Member
What is the name of your state? Maryland

Can I take 2 former roommates to court and win for utility bills that they refused to pay me? Each of the 4 of us had individual leases on the apt, but the electric and gas bills had to be put in a roommate's name and we had to pay utility companies each month rather than being able to individually pay management. I ended up having both sets of bills in my name which meant I had to collect from the other roommates for the utilities. Once I checked out at the end of the year 2 of the roommates refused to pay what they owed me for the last 2 bills ($135 each, so $270 total) thinking they'd get away with not having to pay.

What are my rights in this situation and can I take them to court and expect to win?


Senior Member
yes, you can take them to small claims court, your chances of winning depend on your documentation and proof. If you had an agreement in writing, that of course, would help, any proof that you have of other payments, and the lack of payment on these months, will also be needed. Any witnesses you might have to conversations regarding the bills, or even the payment on the unpaid bills would also be helpful. copies of the leases, bills you know, basically everything that you can think of.

As for expecting to win, do you really want me to guess?? okay, 50/50,. maybe a little more, but that is a guess.

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