Just bought a home in plantation florida, broward county on april 13 2012. Was not living in the house do to some repairs. Moved in on june 5th 2012. I apply for the water service until recently. I was forced to pay $390.00 from the previous owner or they would not turn the service on. They are charging me from february to april 13 2012. I did not own the house at that time. Is it legal for them to force me to pay under durress for a service i never used. Will I be able to sue the plantation town for forcing me to pay for services i never used.
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Just bought a home in plantation florida, broward county on april 13 2012. Was not living in the house do to some repairs. Moved in on june 5th 2012. I apply for the water service until recently. I was forced to pay $390.00 from the previous owner or they would not turn the service on. They are charging me from february to april 13 2012. I did not own the house at that time. Is it legal for them to force me to pay under durress for a service i never used. Will I be able to sue the plantation t
Unfortunately, the bills for utilities stay with the property and can be enforced against the new owner before they turn on utilities. As the new owner, your recourse is to file suit against the seller to recover any money you had to pay for utilities that they failed to pay while they were owners. Because of the low amount you can sue in small claims court without an attorney and seek to recover your money.
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Is the answer you submitted to me for the state of florida broward county. And even if there were no liens they can still charge me!
Was your answer for the state of florida broward county. And can they do this even if there is no lien
It is for the state of FL which is governed by their utilities commission. Unfortunately, they can do so even if there is no lien, but fortunately you do have grounds to recover from the seller.
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