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Old 10-25-2020, 12:37 AM
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That sounds weird to me. Sewer charge is usually based on water consumption. No water usage => no sewage charge.
Some utilities have a minimum or a flat fee for sewage.
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Old 10-25-2020, 09:50 AM
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Mine effectively charges both. They have a "meter fee" just to be hooked up, plus a flat fee for sewage, and then they charge so much per acre-foot of water used. (Holy weird units, Batman!)

I've only any experience with a couple-few places, but I can't think of any that I have even heard of that charge for sewer service by the amount of water used...
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Old 10-26-2020, 03:03 PM
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I believe the township has a flat fee for sewer. If it was metered, there would still be a charge, since she's getting water from the cemetery and pouring it (and who knows what else) down the drain.
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Old 11-06-2020, 09:52 PM
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A bit has happened this week regarding the Squatter. She's supposed to be out on Sunday. BM has been speaking to three different interested parties in buying the place, even though we haven't started advertising it yet. One of them offered $15,000 sight unseen, supposedly as a place for his son to live in. Now that I type that out, it seems a bit suspicious. That fellow was the one who went over to the trailer to check it out, and a man answered the door. Neither was particularly happy.

One of the interested parties owns the business across the street from the trailer. He told BM that the Squatter and/or her friends have stolen license plates off vehicles and ATVs in his lot. He wants to buy the property so he can haul the trailer off the lot and prevent any other deadbeats from moving in.

BM managed to get hold of the Squatter by phone today. She tried to tell him she might need another week to get all of her stuff out of the trailer and clean it out. He said she needed to be out by Sunday, since we have people coming to look at the trailer on Monday who might be buying it. (only a slight fib) She then tried to get until Wednesday. He again rebuffed her. He mentioned the man who answered the door. She waffled a bit, saying he was a roommate. BM told her he needs to be out by Sunday, too. He told her how nice the bank is being, since we already gave her all this time and even paid the $500 utility bill for her. We're not even going after her for that, he said, we just want her out.

We'll see if she drops off the keys on Monday. Seems increasingly unlikely.
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Old 11-07-2020, 11:06 PM
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BM managed to get hold of the Squatter by phone today. She tried to tell him she might need another week to get all of her stuff out of the trailer and clean it out.
I am SO shocked! Whoever would have seen this coming?

What are the options on Monday, cause I'm pretty sure she's not going to be gone tomorrow night.

My vote is for the property to be sold to the business owner across the street. I am quite sure that trailer is trashed, so having someone else willing to pay to have it hauled away is a bonus for the bank.
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Old 11-09-2020, 03:38 PM
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No contact from the Squatter.

We're going to accept bids this week for the trailer. It'll be sold "as-is" and with the understanding that the squatter(s) will be a problem for the new owner to deal with, if they're still there. I don't know if that will fly, but we're going to try.
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Old 11-10-2020, 04:21 PM
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I've only any experience with a couple-few places, but I can't think of any that I have even heard of that charge for sewer service by the amount of water used...
Here in Virginia Beach, Virginia the water and sewer are two separate bills, with the water being the city department of public utilities and the sewer being from a regional agency (the Hampton Roads Sanitation District).
The sewer bill is based on the water bill.

If you believe that you use far more water than you put down the drain, you can have a meter installed (at your expense) and only be billed for what actually flows out.
(I worked in a pizzeria/sub shop where we made our own dough for the pizzas and bread, so a large percentage of the water that came out of the taps didn't go down the drain. The sewer billing rate is so low that it would have taken years to save enough to pay for the meter. Currently, the residential rate is $5.86 per 100 cubic feet, or $0.30 per day, whichever is more.)
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Old 11-10-2020, 06:33 PM
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When I lived in Florida a lot of people watered their lawns. Some people would get a separate metered water service for lawn watering since the water didn't go down the sewer.

Others would put in a shallow well pump for lawn watering.

Those that had septic systems didn't worry about it.
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Old 11-10-2020, 07:46 PM
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I drove past the trailer after dark last night. There was an SUV parked in the driveway and the lights were on inside. I didn't stop, since I was by myself after dark and I have no idea who the (new?) squatter is.

BM is out this week, so I let Ted know. Based on this info, they decided to put the bids on hold until BM gets back. Then they'll probably have the sheriff accompany him to let the occupant know that they're not welcome. If they refuse to leave, we'll probably have to go to court to evict. And we're getting into wintertime again, so cold weather rules may apply.

Every time we think we might be nearing the end of this saga, the timeframe gets extended. It's frustrating.
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Old 11-13-2020, 04:01 AM
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Don't ever stop there again. It doesn't matter if its day or night, if you are alone or with the Marines, don't do it. If you do have Marines, stay out of their way.

Seriously, don't knock on that door ever again. Flimsy as it probably is, bullets will fly through it without hesitation. We loves you and don't want you to get hurt or die.
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