On this document it should show the amount paid for the final water bill. You can cross check this amount with the letter you received and if it's the same amount owed. If it is then you can request a copy of the cancelled check from the title company and send it to the water company to be cleared.
When you close on a house the title company when send paper checks to all within a day or so to all parties invoiced on the HUD. Then it takes a few days for mail and then a few more days to post to an account. With water companies I have seen this process take 3-4 wks for them to post and clear an account.
If you were working with a Realtor you should contact him/her as they can help guide you through this process and contact the closing agent if needed..
Wish you the best of luck resolving this issue.
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There are a couple of options you can do before you ask your title company for help or resolution.
As Dennis Evans mentioned, the unpaid water bill by the previous owner could have been on the HUD as final meter reading is conducted prior to closing.
1) contact your realtor who can then contact the lawyer who represented you at the closing
2) contact your lawyer directly
3) check your HUD closing statement.
Best of Luck.
In NY, before closing, either the attorney or myself order a meter reading and the balance is handled at closing... as a matter of fact, check your HUD statement... It may be on that document already and you have so many things going on at closing... you may have not noticed. In any case, Your Realtor or attorney should have that information... give them a call, im sure they can help you with this.