I live in a shared house where the utilities are under the lease holders name (Bob). I have a written agreement with Bob where he said I can see the original bills for utilities. I don't know why, but Bob gets together with another roommate named Dylan, and together they (allegedly) add up the bills and Dylan posts the amount each person owes on the group chat.
Bob had complained that I hadn't paid my portion yet and I keep reminding him I need to see the original bill and he keeps coming up with excuses such as being tired or having forgotten a password.
Bob said to me "it's a bit inconvenient for me to find all the bills, do you really think me and Dylan are conspiring against you?". I can see why he would say this. But I have a right to see the bill. How can I respond firmly with as little offense? I don't want to get sucked into an argument with Bob by giving him one of the following reasons (which are true):
- people make honest mistakes
- there are several utilities and it's unclear to me what the term/period of each is. Seeing the bills will clarify this which I will use for budgeting purposes.
- there was an extra person living in the house for the past few months and I will not be paying for his expenses (especially since Bob charged him money)
- a small part of me thinks Bob might be trying to pull a fast one since he has been reluctant to show me the bill this far
- given my contract work I can write some expenses off