My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: Georgi
Am I responsible for a propane bill in that is in my landlords name? I moved into a short term rental, and told the landlord that I did not want to fill up the tank because I was renting month to month and was unsure of how long I would be here. The minimum fill up was nearly $400. I told her I would use several high-quality electric heaters instead and she said thats fine. Then, before I moved in she said she was going to have it filled anyways, also stating that it was empty and $70 had to be paid to bleed the line, or something of that nature. I informed her I could not afford to pay that much and she said don't worry about it, that she would cover the cost. Later on, she asked me to pay for it. I told her I hadnt been using it, but had used electric heaters as we discussed. She got upset and told me she wanted me to pay it anyways. Not wanting to create a hostile situation, I agreed to pay $100 of it and began using the propane. I at that time found a better place to live, and gave notice. I inquired about the gas bill and she told me not to worry about it, so I didnt pay anything further. Now its time for me to move in a few days, and she came by asking for the money. I offered to pay some more of the bill over the phone by credit card, but she insisted on cash (the bill is actually in her boyfriends name). I felt very sketchy about that, and told her I dont have the cash. Plus, there is still about half the tank remaining that I wont be using.
Our lease is handwritten, and mentions nothing of utilities. Should I worry about this coming back on me since I already paid $100 on it by phone? Is this my responsibility? I also dont feel I should be held responsible for the $70 charge for bleeding the line of an empty tank, since it was empty when I moved in. Any advice would be helpful.