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Unlucky In B…, Home Buyer in Buffalo, NY

Finally closed, but I got a $500 water bill and delinquency notice after 7 days! Am I screwed?

Asked by Unlucky In Buffalo, Buffalo, NY Sun Feb 1, 2009

My wife and I finally closed on our house in North Buffalo about a week ago, and we just received a notice that our water is going to be shut off in 2 weeks if we don't pay our "Seriously Delinquent" account balance of $512. My wife called the water dept on the closing day to have the account switched over to our names... I'm on pins and needles until tomorrow when the office opens and I can call them up and begin the battle.

Anyone familiar with how this is supposed to work? Is the seller ultimately responsible for his own water bill, or did I assume that liability when I took possession of the house? I read through my closing documents and I don't see this addressed anywhere (although I may have missed it given the sheer volume of paperwork I have). Can anyone offer any advice on dealing with the Buffalo water dept?....I hear they are not a very pleasant group of people. :(

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Don't sweat it. It is probably the old occupant's bill. Chances are they never terminated the service. If you live in the city, it is very common. Call and get it straightened out. This usually has nothing to do with title searches.
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Our recommendation is to contact your agent and have them contact the sellers agent prior to contacting your title company.

As previously mentioned, it is an issus that should have come up during the search process and should have been resolved prior to closing. Rather than calling on Monday, it may be more beneficial to appear in person with your documents.

Good luck
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Hi there,
First of all if you had an attorney for your closing who was the one had to find out about the liens, taxes and all those up dates and searches. Normally if you have any left over water bill, it comes with the property. You might have to check with your title company or your attorney. (Normally in Buffalo we always hire the attorney for the buyer( I do not advise for my clients to use same attorney for the buyer and the seller) cause for any problem you have your own attorney behalf of you. Or if you had any real estate professional was working with you, who might give you advice to go best way. In down states and florida, california normally people deal with title companies. I do not know how do you close your deal.(with who).The best bet is check with your closing attorney. This info. might be helpful to solve your problem.
good luck with your new home and need any help for your real estate need you could contact me any time @ 716-907-3046 or e-mail me at pushpa@pioneerstarre.com.

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If day you close switched over, unless the utility company overlooked switch. 1st thing in morning, you can present your closing documents stating you did not own property till that date, you sue them for fraud of miss billing you. Be kind not harsh
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Did you close using a title company? If so, then you should refer this matter to your title agent/attorney. If not, then you should probably hire an attorney.
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