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    • Help1234
    • By Help1234 8th Jan 18, 4:13 PM
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    One outstanding enquiry left - can we complete without this?
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    • 8th Jan 18, 4:13 PM
    One outstanding enquiry left - can we complete without this? 8th Jan 18 at 4:13 PM
    Hello,

    In the process of buying a house. Our solicitors sent the vendor 16 enquiries after receiving the results of the searches. All have been answered except one:

    “Please let us have a copy of a recent drainage/water bill.”

    The vendor has so far been unable to find this. Is this necessary or can we proceed and set a completion date without this?
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    • ReadingTim
    • By ReadingTim 8th Jan 18, 4:53 PM
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    • 8th Jan 18, 4:53 PM
    Of course you can.

    However, if you then buy the place, and on moving in, find the bills are £10k per year for supplying water, emptying the cesspit, or whatever, you'll have absolutely no comeback against the water company or the former owner whatsoever. Especially if you claim you were "missold", or would never have bought the place if you'd have known....
    • ProDave
    • By ProDave 8th Jan 18, 5:05 PM
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    • 8th Jan 18, 5:05 PM
    Or find there is no bill because it has no water supply or drainage connection.
    • ACG
    • By ACG 8th Jan 18, 5:07 PM
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    • 8th Jan 18, 5:07 PM
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    • 8th Jan 18, 5:07 PM
    Are you using a Mortgage to purchase the property?
    If so, does the lender need the water bill?
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    • AylesburyDuck
    • By AylesburyDuck 8th Jan 18, 5:19 PM
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    • 8th Jan 18, 5:19 PM
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    • 8th Jan 18, 5:19 PM
    Surely the vender on first finding it lost should have contacted the utilities firm for a duplicate bill. It's not rocket science, makes me wonder if they have something to hide.
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    • Tom99
    • By Tom99 8th Jan 18, 5:21 PM
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    • 8th Jan 18, 5:21 PM
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    • 8th Jan 18, 5:21 PM
    If the vendor has confirmed there is mains water and drainage in the questionare then I don't think you need to wait and see the bill. You can always ring the water co to confirm if you are worried.
    • G_M
    • By G_M 8th Jan 18, 6:16 PM
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    • 8th Jan 18, 6:16 PM
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    • 8th Jan 18, 6:16 PM
    What will "a recent drainage/water bill" tell you? Why do you want it?

    * that there IS a water/drainage supply. I assume you already know this
    * aproximately how much it costs. You can't switch supplier so not much you can do. If the cost turns out to be more than you can afford, then frankly you're already out of your depth.
    * your mortgage lender requires it. Then you have no choice but to wait for it.
    • JoJo1978
    • By JoJo1978 8th Jan 18, 8:18 PM
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    • 8th Jan 18, 8:18 PM
    If it's just for your info re budgeting for bills, go onto the suppliers website and you can get an estimated cost based on typical household averages, I've been able to do that with a couple of different utility suppliers
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    • kazzah
    • By kazzah 10th Jan 18, 5:49 PM
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    • 10th Jan 18, 5:49 PM
    is it possible they are a paperless company and this is why the vendor is unable to locate a paper bill ?
    with some of our household bills- some are online some are paper bills- it's easy to get confused when you are stressed about moving
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