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Sold my house to a nice couple who included in the offer which we signed a line about having the utility box moved away from the driveway(phone electric and cable). We closed yesterday without moving the boxes because the electric company is dragging their services. What are my liabilities now that the house closed.

Lawyer's Assistant: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

New Mexico

Lawyer's Assistant: Has any paperwork been filed?

I have emails from the electric company but no action yet. What if they just tell me that they have decided to not approve the move of the boxes?

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Legal
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Lawyer: Loren, Attorney replied 11 months ago

Did they close knowing the box had not been moved?

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Lawyer: Loren, Attorney replied 11 months ago

Did they require any assurances at closing that the box would be moved? Did you sign anything at closing regarding the matter?

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Lawyer: Loren, Attorney replied 11 months ago

Thank you for the additional information.

There is something called the doctrine of merger.

It states that any obligations in the contract are merged into the deed and extinguished by the delivery of the deed, unless otherwise stated in the deed.

So, if the buyers knowingly accepted title without the box having been moved, your obligations are ended.

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