You know you’re old when…
10th October 2013
I try to live a simple life but quite often life doesn’t stay that way. As I mentioned in my last blog post, my life isn’t perfect. The past week has been a clear example of this.
Since we moved into our flat we had been receiving letters for the previous tenant. We’d saved them for him in case he wanted to collect them or the letting agency wanted them. We had noticed that there were a hell of a lot of letters from the council so much so that when we had another one last week we decided to investigate by holding the letter up to the light. Naughty, I know, but we were concerned that he would be getting council tax bills and with him not living here anymore he could not pay them. Now, I informed the council that we were the new tenants and as we are students we don’t have to pay council tax. So you can imagine my horror when we read from the letter that was held up to the light that the bailiffs were coming to our flat because the previous tenant hasn’t been paying his council tax.
I was fuming. I’d told the council that they no longer lived here and clearly they took no notice of this. I ended up opening the letter (I know, I’m a terrible person) and getting in touch with the bailiffs. Guess what? They didn’t believe that I was the new tenant. Unbelievable. I ended up sending them copies of the tenancy agreement and bills as evidence that I was now the tenant of the flat. There was no way in hell I was having bailiffs coming to steal my stuff when I wasn’t the one who hasn’t paid the bills.
The bailiffs still haven’t got back to me after I sent them this evidence. I’m still hoping that they don’t turn up. But at the end of the day I can’t live in fear of the bailiffs. If they turn up I shall call the police.
I know it’s really, really bad to open other peoples mail, but if I hadn’t have done so I might have come back one day to an empty flat.
I’ve also had problems with sorting out my electricity supplier. Basically, I needed to change from the current supplier as they were unable to switch the name on the account to mine. I tried to switch but I kept getting denied because the current supplier wouldn’t allow me to leave as a customer as I am not the one with the account. Confusing, I know, but after several emails to quite possibly the worst electricity supplier in the world and to my letting agency I think I’ve finally got to the stage where I can switch. It’s only taken me bloody 2 months, which wasn’t my fault.
We received our first water bill today and it seemed a little high. After speaking to my mum I’ve decided that it’s not too bad but we are going to try our best to save water and get our bills at a more reasonable amount as I’d budgeted a lot less for water. We aren’t going to leave the tap on while washing up. We aren’t going to use the dishwasher. I’m going to switch from baths to showers (it’s going to be hell). We are going to try and use the washing machine only when there is a full load.
If you have any tips of saving water, baring in mind we live in a flat so garden related things are a little impossible, please share them.
You know you’re old when all you blog about is utility bills!