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Re: Santa Ana Utility / never opened account

Posted by Kristine-CA on July 29, 2011 at 10:39 AM

In Reply to: Santa Ana Utility / never opened account posted by dizzyinvestor on July 29, 2011 at 7:56 AM

How did you hook up the toilet and sinks without water? Are they sitting there dry? How would your buyers be able to do a home inspection without the water on?

It sounds like the utilities were transferred, but not actually shut off. You might need to check the city codes, because some cities do allow public utilities to automatically bill homeowners for minimum services, even if you aren't using them.

Depending on the customs in your area, the escrow officer may well be making a demand of the utility company. Escrow companies are pretty familiar with utility companies, both public and private, and your prelim title report may indicate the utility company as something that needs to be cleared before closing.

: I've never opened an account with Santa Ana's Utility for water or trash during my renovation of the home. I did not need any of their services during that time yet I've received a bill from Santa Ana to my mailbox for sewage and trash.

: The addressee they used was the name of the trust (without "trust"). Looks like someone there looked up the Trustee's deed or property tax information and sent this bill. I spoke with a representative at the billing department and they stated that all homeowners were responsible for these municipal services.

: Should I pay this bill even though I never used any of the services? I can't imagine Santa Ana having any recourse to the bill amount when I never signed up for it, and they seem to be sending the bill in the dark as to who should receive the bill.
: Is this an ethical question and being civic minded and understanding the fiscal need for our cities that waste a majority of their budget on unuseful projects, I should pay?

: Added, this home is in escrow and should close soon.

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