I moved into my student house with three other girls in September. Due to them three attending house parties during lockdown, I stayed at the house alone as I did not want to risk getting a fine or catching COVID (as I was still seeing my family when possible). Due to me staying at the house alone, my mental health got so bad I had one night alone where I had to go back to my hometown 40 minutes away to stay at home.
I’ve decided to stay at home and not return to the student house. None of the girls bothered to check up on me, they knew about my mental health and I thought they were true friends. Since I have left, they have still been going to house parties, the police have taken their names and numbers and they have done a number of COVID tests.
A month of not communicating at all, I get a message saying they want £39 from me for bills. I’ve been paying my rent and intend to do so until I get someone to take my spot in the house or until the end of tenancy. I don’t think I should pay anymore than any standard set payment, especially since they have been having mates round to the house for drinks.
I’ve emailed the landlord and am awaiting their advice.
Should I pay the bills?
Should I refuse?
Help me please!!
Student life, in partnership with UEA
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