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Old 08-08-2013, 08:33 AM   #1
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Gas shutoff before it should have


Okay... I'm selling my house to a builder who will be tearing it down and building a new house for sale. The sale closed mid July and our purchase agreement gives me 30 days to vacate, which is Weds. of next week. Just yesterday I finally got an official closing date on the house I am moving to, that closing date is this Friday 8/9. (Should've been sooner, the FHA red tape involved is a seperate story)

I'm divorced now with 50/50 custody of our children, yesterday and today are my days with the kids (Weds. & Thurs. every week, we alternate weekends) So last night, I get home with the kids and start their bath water. Hmm... Not coming out very warm.

I go and look, the meter is gone!

So, I called the real estate agent of the builder and ask about it, he's surprised the utility came out so quick.

He said if I want to get a hotel, let him know and we'll work it out tomorrow. I stayed at the house last night, I've booked a hotel for 2 nights at $150/night - I got a jacuzzi room, I asked the builder to reimburse me for $125/night for 2 nights based on the regular room rate.

Strictly speaking I'm sure there are heavier consequences for him as landlord for shutting off utilities. The rent was paid at closing at $1/day for the full 30 days, and my utilities have been kept current... I'm sure it was an honest mistake, whether it was the utilitie's or tenant's mistake I wouldn't know unless I started making calls, and I'm not wanting to do that because I'd be satisfied if the agent agrees to my proposal and I wouldn't want to set anything else in motion...

Any thoughts?

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