I received a notice that the water company was going to shut off residential water service on Jan. 21 for nonpayment of a minor amount. It’s a vacant home that I’m flipping, so I figured I would just get the water turned back on in the future when I had more time to work on the house.
I did not check on the house for over a month. When the area got subzero temperatures, I was not concerned about freezing pipes because I believed the water service was shut off on the 21st. Today, I went in the home so see that a pipe had burst and water was running through the walls. Service was never shut off. Can I recoup the cost for the damages & for what I assume will be an astronomical bill?
I have moved your question from landlord tenant to Lawsuits and Disputes because, there does not appear to be a landlord tenant question here, there were other possible locations but ultimately you have a lawsuit on your hands.
You should take this to an attorney that has experience with litigation vs utility companies. Ultimately I think your case will be a question of whom was less responsible for the damages. Then, will there be any protections for the utility company from your suit.
One suggestion I have is to put in a claim on your insurance policy and see if your insurance company can assist you against the water company.
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