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Who will pay sydney water charges? Moved to new place

Discussion in 'The Buying & Selling Process' started by James0360, 2nd Dec, 2015.

  1. James0360

    James0360 New Member

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    so i just bought a property and moved in 4 weeks ago. Lawyers did the section 66 certificate where it had the amount around $200. I received the bill from sydney water today which is around $750

    Clearly that is an oversight from the lawyer as the owners haven't paid the previous dues.
    how can i get the previous owner to pay the difference?
     
  2. Terry_w

    Terry_w Solicitor, Finance Broker, CTA Business Member

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    Was that adjusted in the settlement figures?
     
  3. James0360

    James0360 New Member

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    yep. it was adjusted in settlement figures & i have a cheque of $200 waiting for sydney waters.
     
  4. blackenator

    blackenator Well-Known Member

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    If the oversight is with the solicitor then you need to chase them up for it. Once settlement occurs on the property you are eligible for the debt from that date onward. The solicitor is supposed to make sure that water (Sydney) is adjusted for. I know cause I have the inside scoop :)
     
  5. Marg4000

    Marg4000 Well-Known Member

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    Check how the bill is calculated. Sometimes the fixed charges are in advance while the usage is in arrears.
    Marg
     
  6. James0360

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    The bill just says - 'Amount Overdue' - i am going to ask Sydney Waters for the break down tomorrow.
     
  7. Dan L

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    Contact your solicitor. Obligations regarding adjustments continue after settlement of the Contract which means that the solicitor should and will chase rates from the sellers through the sellers solicitor/conveyancer as the seller is still liable for the outstanding amount, notwithstanding that the contract has been completed. If the seller doesn't pay within a reasonable time, you should ask your solicitor who will.
     
  8. blackenator

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    The amount overdue will the water usage date that overlapped with your settlement date. I am sure when you call the contact Sydney Water they will be able to send you a breakdown of the charges that you can forward onto your solicitor if needed
     
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    thanks guys. Solicitor took average calculation based on previous quarter bill. It seems the owner just used 3 times more water than previous quarter.
    Can i still request the previous owner to pay the difference?
     
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    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Should Have arranged for a final water meter reading then the service charge is split between purchaser and vendor.
     
  12. blackenator

    blackenator Well-Known Member

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    Sydney water wont help with this its best to talk to your solicitor and see what they say
     
  13. willair

    willair Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Maybe get a plumber to pressure test the system for a h/pressure leak somewhere,plus from the legal side your team should have covered this prior too settlement..