My New Outside Blog: Utility: If You Don't Let Us In, We'll Bill Broker

Utility: If You Don't Let Us In, We'll Bill Broker

Phil's post brings up a very valid point here. Utility companies of all types try to pull all sorts of stunts just like this. And I really mean all over the country.

Be very careful with your dealings with the various entities out there. Don't give these "Public Utilities" a foothold on anything.

They have big bucks behind them and usually staff attorneys to intimidate the small real estate company associates.

I have a listing that recently expired. A deal fell apart on it and my client lives out of state. That's all I can tell you. Apparently, Central Hudson Gas and Electric can't reach him, so they harass me. They want me to let them in the house so they can cut the power. 

One problem: I'm not authorized to do that. Do I have a key? Yes. Am I allowed in the house? Probably still to show a possible buyer. Can I let a creditor of my client in? No. No, I can't do that. 

So here's the message the utility left for me in my office:

Phil, Sabrina from Central Hudson Gas and Electric called regarding XX XXXX. She said you spoke last month about getting in to lock the gas meter. If access is not given they will transfer the bill to your business name.

Now that's chutzpah. Transfer the debt to the broker. I'm not a lawyer but I don't think they get to do that. Sabrina and I are going to have a little conversation Monday, and if I don't set Central Hudson straight, my attorney will. I am about as liable for my client's gas bill as his dentist.  

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Comment balloon 3 commentsJon Quist • November 24 2010 01:01AM

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ugh...that is really stupid. I have such issues with these utility companies and how they choose to handle issues.

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) about 9 years ago

Jon, thanks for the re-post, I miss so many of these originals.  This is a crazy situation, this Sabrina is a REAL Bill Collector, mentality anyway. 

Posted by Joan Valverde, GRI,CDPE,CNE,MRP,SRES Colo Sprgs, Blk Forest, Monu (Synergy Realty Group Inc) about 9 years ago

Jon,

I stopped by to say THANKS for adding me as an associate!  Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) about 9 years ago

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