- Report: #829370
Report - Rebuttal - Arbitrate
Complaint Review: Met-Ed
Met-EdP.O. Box 3687, Ohio United States of America
Met-Ed Metropolitan-Edison Security Deposit based on address, not credit??? P.O. Box 3687, Ohio
*Consumer Comment: Re-read the responses Amanda
*Author of original report: none of that makes it right
*Consumer Comment: Correction to poster Steve
*Consumer Comment: The deposit is based on the expected usage
*Consumer Comment: Are you deliberately misstating your case?
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This month I called because it dawned on me I have good credit, why am I paying a security deposit?? I called and asked if we should maybe 'run' my fiance even though my credit is fine? To which a guy on the other end of the phone was probably looking to find his scripted response which was:
"The security deposit has nothing to do with credit. The security deposit is based on past electricity usage at your address, it is 2 1/2 times the normal bill. It must be paid in full, but we will refund it if you re-send the guarantor statement"
So I hung up, mulled it over, and called back and talked to another person because I really didn't believe you could hit someone with a security deposit based on the address you're moving to. WRONG. She verified the security deposit is based upon the address I have moved to, but assured me it had nothing to do with whether or not the previous tenant was delinquent on their bills or not.
I asked her HOW they could come up with a security deposit based upon previous electricity usage if I had JUST MOVED IN. She said it was based on the history of usage at that address, not my personal usage. WHAT??????? I asked her so if the people who lived here before used $500 worth of electricity per month, I would have to pay them $1250 just to have electric in my name?? (Yup). Just because I moved there?
Not because of a credit score? Also, I've never had Met-Ed in my life, we had PP&L where we used to live and we never dealt with security deposits--so it's not like I've ever even HAD a Met-Ed bill before. I asked her if they ever waive the security deposit, and she said only people with excellent excellent (yes she said it twice) credit--as in 770 or higher AND they have to request it.
My credit's a 690, not bad, but certainly not 'excellent excellent'. But apparently the credit is BESIDES the point and now you just have to pay the electric company a security deposit just because of the address you choose to move to. By the way, I moved to a normal house on a normal street in an incredibly small town. Is this housing profiling lol? REALLY???? Is this legal????
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/26/2012 08:54 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Met-Ed/PO-Box-3687-Ohio-44309/Met-Ed-Metropolitan-Edison-Security-Deposit-based-on-address-not-credit-PO-Box-3687-829370. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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