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Ending the switching of names on utilities

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 7 years ago

Businesses 2

An anonymous reader writes "So one of my roommates is moving out and he has three utilities under his name. I will be picking up these utilities but we have to pay an installation fee for some of the accounts or restart service for other accounts. This is frustrating since all we're doing is changing the name on the account. We started discussing various options since the house has an average rollover rate (1-2 people a year in a 4 person house) and paying the fees every time just gets to be a waste of money.

One of the options that was discussed was to create a fake business at our address and just change the "account manager" as needed for the business account. Unfortunately, none of us really know what would be required to establish this business or prove its existence.

So I ask two questions: 1) Is this a reasonable option? 2) If so, what would we need to do to prove the existence of our company? If not, what would be required for your proposed solution?"

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Why not just put it in your name then? (1)

mark-t (151149) | more than 7 years ago | (#19952243)

If you're a stable resident, that makes the most sense.... don't you think?

Yes, your roommates will have to pay to switch names again if you move out before they do, but that's just the way the cookie crumbles on this sort of thing. You're not the first person this has happened to, and you won't be the last. At least if you put the utilities in your name you won't be forced to pay ridiculous administration fees just to switch from somebody else's name to yours again.

Grow up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#19962119)

Not sure why this topic is so popular on the Firehose, but get your own pad and the problem goes away.

You have to pay the fees anytime you first get utilities in your own name but usually not the second time, so it's just a matter of when you want to pay.
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