Murfreesboro Electric illegally failed to return my $300 deposit. They had no right to do anything but refund it and mail it to me.
I had a rental house at *** Leaf Avenue, Murfreesboro, TN XXXXX. It is located next to MTSU and is rented to students. I turned the utilities off when the semester ended and listed the house to be sold. A buyer wanted to inspect the house and on July 1st, I paid Murfreesboro Electric $357.91 to pay the last portion of the bill and a $300 deposit. I protested having to pay a $300 deposit just so that a buyer can inspect the house before buying it but Murfreesboro Electric said I would get it back.
On July 11th, 2013 the house was sold and closed. It was no longer in my name. I had the utilities turned off for account # XXXXX-XXX and asked for my deposit. less whatever the bill would be for 10 days of electricity in an empty house.
The customer service person at Murfreesboro Electric said that it would be a few days but they would mail the deposit to me at my Chattanooga, TN address that is on file for account # XXXXX-XXX. I asked them to hurry up since that is alot of money to be out. They said it would only take a few days and I would have it.
Several weeks went by and I still had not received a check from Murfreesboro Electric for my deposit on the house that I had sold. I called and they told me I would not be getting the deposit back. They broke their word. They did not contact me (by e-mail, fax, USPS mail, nothing). They did not ask permission or inform me that they were not sending my deposit back. Nothing.
Murfreesboro Electric stole my security deposit. They failed to return it to me like they said they would. They failed to send my money back to me. They had no right not to return it without my expressed permission.
I want Murfreesboro Electric to send me the $300 security deposit, less the last bill, like they they said they would. They had no right to do anything but that. They had no agreement to anything but that.
Murfreesboro Electric stole my money and needs to return it immediately! They need to send it to my Chattanooga address that is on file with them. If they have any questions, my mobile phone number was provided earlier in this complaint.
If Murfreesboro Electric fails to return my deposit, which they illegally stole, I will file a lawsuit against MED General Manager ***** *** and Murfreesboro Electric Department.
On July 11, 2013 at 12:25 pm, the customer contacted Murfreesboro Electric Department to pay the electric bill for one of his service addresses. After taking a check payment from the customer for the bill, the representative asked if there was anything else she could help him with. The customer indicated we sold a house and did not identify another address so the representative took an order to disconnect the service for this address.
When the MED service person went to this service address to disconnect, they were informed that the order to disconnect this service was in error and would need to remain active at this time. Since this account was closed due to the scheduled disconnect, the deposit of $350.00 along with interest of $3.64 was applied to the final bill for this service address leaving a credit balance of $151.18.
The customer also had service at another address from August 13, 2012 through June 14, 2013, when the service was disconnected for non-payment. The deposit plus interest was applied to the account leaving a balance owed of $77.37. This balance was applied against the credit of $151.18 for the other service address leaving a credit of $73.81.
The customer contacted our office on June 28, 2013 to connect the service back up for the service address that had previously been disconnected for non-payment. We did charge the customer a deposit on the account for this address. A partial bill from this address of $6.36 was also applied against the credit remaining on the other service address. The final credit on this account was $67.45.
The service address that was connected on June 28, 2013 was disconnected from the customer's name on the 11th of July when the new owner provided us with paperwork to reflect he was the new owner.
The deposit for this address was applied to the final bill and then the credit of $287.31 was transferred to the active account for the service address that had been scheduled for disconnection in error along with the remaining credit of $67.45 to set back up the deposit of $350.00 required for this address.
The deposit placed on the account was used to pay the bills on the two addresses with a deposit of $350.00 still on the one address that is active with us.
We would be happy to provide the customer with detail information on each account at his request.
Final Consumer Response
(The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)
The Murfreesboro Electric Company should not be allowed to move money around and not follow through on their word. One house is a personal residence. The other house was an investment in a self directed IRA. If a deposit is required on a certain address, the Murfreesboro Electric Company should send a notice and a bill for that address or account, not withhold money from an investment account that is in an IRA and use that money for a personal residence.
This creates tax issues and breaks the law regarding IRAs and receiving a benefit before the age of 59-1/2 years old.
Is that how the Murfreesboro Electric Company manages their books? We're not going to send a bill, we're not going to inform the customer, we're just going to keep his money.
Regarding the shut-off notice, I only talked about the account and the house that was sold. That was the only house talked about, the only house that I requested my name be removed from and the only house that I was told I would get the security deposit refunded from. The personal residence was never mentioned.
Final Business Response
During the phone conversation on July 11, 2103, the only residence mentioned was the primary residence account. The representative took a check payment over the phone for the primary residence and not the one identified in the customer's complaint as a rental property. The representative also placed an order to disconnect this service address since she was not provided a different address.
The other address which the customer identified in his complaint as a rental was disconnected due to the new owner providing ownership documentation and not from the customer calling Murfreesboro Electric so the deposit on the rental property was never discussed.
Customers who have multiple accounts with Murfreesboro Electric are placed under the same base account with different subs for each address or new account unless they specify that a new base account is necessary to keep their business and residential accounts separate.