You are not liable for the past cable since you were unaware of the error and did not know that it was live.
The previous owners had coax cable run through the crawlspace and all over the place.
I don't watch TV (just movies that I rent) so I yanked some of the cable out, left some in since I've had better things to do than pull it all out.
They never send a bill, and I never asked for the subscription.
Am I under any legal obligation to tell them to cut it out? Can I keep the Football Phone and the "Making Of The Swimsuit Issue" video tape? As Gorsnak said, it's not my job to keep their records up to date.
It's the cable company's responsibility to disconnect the lines of cancelled accounts, not Valgard's.
Knowing cable companies, if he calls to tell them to disconnect it, they'll charge him for it. However, once you have discovered that you can now get cable due to the company's mistake, it is incumbent upon you to notify the company of its error.
Sorry, tried to cram it all into one short sentence.
Here's the scoop; I bought my house about 18 months ago.
Though if your city is like mine, then the disconnection point is at either the overhead line in the back alley, or if the lines are underground, in the steel box with phone and cable junctions (also in the back alley, and locked) - the box on the wall of the house is just where they switch from heavier outdoor cable to lighter indoor cable, and possibly mount a splitter or three.
Mind you, it's not that hard to get up to the overhead cable lines, or into the locked junction box, either. We moved in in June, hooked our TV up to rabbit ears (broke that we were) and watched some fuzzy network TV.
To my mind, this makes it difficult to prove "impoverishment," but I have no idea what standards must be met for impoverishment to be established.