Mansfield Selectmen Putting Water Bill on New Owners

New owners have to pay for act of previous tenant on previous owner.


The Mansfield Board of Selectmen recently voted 3-1, with George Dentino, against to demand payment in full concerning an old water bill from the new owner.

The tenant of the previous owner had used the water and accumulated a bill of $2,316 by not turning off the water.

The property is on 360 Chauncy Street and was recently bought by Lester and James Michael Epstein.

The property had liens on it and selectmen voted to direct the Mansfield Department of Public Works director Lee Azinheira to demand payment in full, instead of $1,700 the two offered as a settlement.

Once the tenant moved out, the water was cut off and the town filed the lean before the property owner sold the house to the pair.

Town manager William Ross said that the usage and amount of water used is only calculated at the end of the month.

Ross said the property owners had a responsibility to see if the properpty had any leins on it befor ethey bought it.

BH December 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM
This ruling will just cause people to risk not paying bills towards the end of a lease or sale.
Anne Burke December 17, 2012 at 08:46 PM
the Epsteins should have used an attorney with a real estate transaction who would have found this before the closing. Did they use one? If so, go after them for doing sloppy work! If not, sorry, hard lesson learned. A real estate transaction is far too big to conduct without an attorney.
diana L cole January 22, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Better still how about the Water Dept, doing what it does to other people, shut the water off when it reaches 200- to 400 dollars. lets face it the water did not run by itself. I am sure there may be other circumstances I do not know of. But I do know when my bill is up to 250 or so, I get that shut off notice on my door. They are always gracious to me, and work with me on a payment plan. The water should have been turned off way before the tenant reached 500.00$ What and why was it allowed to go so high? I'm just saying. I don't always agree with Mr. Dentino. But this time he is right.


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