Electric/Water Bills - Posted by GHAZ

Posted by Marty Weisberg on October 23, 2000 at 12:49:31:

I do not know what state you live in but the water departments in some of the counties in Florida will try to force you to pay those outstanding bills. There is however a statute that prohibits them from “holding a property hostage” for the unpaid bills of a previous tenant. When pushed on this point they tend to back down. it may or may not be the same with your state.

As for the electrice, the company here does not withhold electric to the new tenant or owner but goes after the person owing the money.


Electric/Water Bills - Posted by GHAZ

Posted by GHAZ on October 23, 2000 at 11:22:28:

I bought a REO “as is” that the bank got back after a trustee sale. The problem is I cannot turn on water and electricity unless I agree to pay the delinquent bills incurred by the foreclosed former owner ($1,000). I know IRS liens can survive a trustee sale (for 120 days) but I did not know these non-liens can survive. Can they force me to pay to get power and water?