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Thank you for your question. So really this comes down to a matter of liability. The most important first step is to keep the lines of communication open at all times with the creditor. The difficulty you have is that your lease agreement states that you are liable for the charges. However, if you have an email from the landlord stating that they are responsible then this could potentially overwrite the lease (it will possibly come down to the dates you received the message and signed the lease). However, what you will want to do is show any and all evidence you have to the creditor to show that the landlord and not you, is responsible for the debt. If the creditor does not accept this and decides to take you to court for the the fees then obviously your defence would be that the landlord is liable. If that is the case then you would want to ask the court to add the old landlord as a respondent to the claim. However, if this is not possible and you have to paid the debt then you could raise your own separate action against the original landlord. However, this is all way down the line, what you will want to do prior to looking at any of this is speak with the energy provider and show them why you are not liable for the costs they are claiming. If it ends up in a claim then I will provide you with a link to hire local representation. You could also enlist the help of the Citizens Advice Bureau at this point to write a letter to them and/or speak to them on your behalf to try and have the matter resolved at this point.
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