I know this is a very old post, but I was wondering how things turned out for you and if you needed up getting legal advice? We just recently purchased a home on cecil county and are dealing with the same exact thing, even to the point of them filling the tank while we were at work and leaving an invoice with the previous owners name on it. The only difference I see is when we purchased the home we were told the tank was owned with the property and not a gas company (previous owners moved out of the country and were not at settlement). To top it off when I asked the gas company to show proof of ownership they sent me a contract from the previous owners but it is had the wrong address listed. It has the neighbors address instead of ours. They want me to sign a new contract with them but I will not. My fear of them digging out the old tank is them ripping out the new fence I just put up in my yard before all this took place.
So, I just wanted to see how things went for you. Thanks, Rob
I have not signed a contract with the Gas Company. I did not ask them to fill the tank. The invoice is in the name of the previous owners. I should not be liable to pay for the propane
Sorry to hear that. A real Catch-22. I paid Suburban about $2,500 to install my 1,000 gallon (850 usable) tank so that I own it. I have used 3 different companies as they all have "intro" rates.
One solution would be to install a 2nd tank and plumb to the house and cut over to it. Then tell the old company to come get there tank and put the lawn back the way they found it.
Good Luck, please post what you find out or your solution so we can all benefit !!
I currently have a Real Estate Broker looking into the issue. They have contatcted the origial owners to see if they can dig up their contract to see if it clearly states liablility. Personally, I dont see how their contract can be vailid anymore since they no longer own the property or the tank?
Hi, I am Jon Tucker with RE/MAX 100. Seek legal assistance.
Have other propane suppliers declined to fill the tank? Maybe they could shed light on the laws and norms. I would imagine the tank supplier would not come get it but would probably abandon in place.
Thanks, Jon Tucker, 443.538.4316, TuckerRealty@comcast.net, http://www.JonTuckerHomes.com