|something I learned via previous tenants....
||[Jul. 13th, 2005|09:34 am]
If Seattle City Light sends you a YELLOW envelope, that's bad. Specifically $463 and 'We're going to turn you over to a collection agency if you don't pay' bad. I freaked at first, until I looked more carefully at the name on the bill (rather than the address) and realized it referred to an unpaid balance on a closed account and had nothing to do with me. You'd think City Light would try to forward this to the tenant rather than mailing it to her old address, because generally speaking, people don't usually cut off the power to the place they're currently living.
Also, previous tenant had subscriptions to several high end magazines/ catalogs that continued to arrive after she left (I guess she didn't want to spend the 25 cents per postcard to send them the change of address cards). Here's a hint: Even if you subscribe to "Victoria", you will probably not enjoy living by gas light when City Light cuts off your electricity. Spend your cash on the power bills FIRST and magazines/catalog shopping AFTERWARDS. Maybe she didn't spend $463 on catalog shopping and magazine subscriptions, but this place doesn't have central air or central heat, so I have to wonder how long you have to ignore the power bill to get it up so high. Unless they did a fuckload of laundry, or were running an indoor pot-growing operation, which WOULD explain the high power bills and such behaviors as painting the ceramic toilet tank white.