Re: Santa Ana Utility / never opened account
In Reply to: Re: Santa Ana Utility / never opened account posted by dizzyinvestor on July 29, 2011 at 11:44 AM
I know there are some munis that require participation in public utilities, regardless of whether or not you have well or septic. I have probably been a party to 80 or so escrows in the same farm area. My title company always makes demand from a few particularly difficult water districts. Even though the title officers, and their legal dept. agree that the bill doesn't attach to the property, they still require a demand and payoff because these water districts insist that they are to be notified. The title/escrow companies are choosing to bend for them instead of stand up for their clients on this one. Title companies are insurance companies and will do everything in their power to eliminate the cost of any claims.....even when the claims wouldn't be legit. They are all about cost and not about the principal of the thing. :)
: : 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.
: There is no paper work or anything filed to connect with Santa Ana's Municipal Utilities.
: I've had quite a few Escrows and I don't believe a singe escrow has had a utility issue ever considered. Especially since final utility bills are sent after close of escrow.
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