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Old February 26th, 2010, 05:00 PM   #1
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Anyone else had problems w/ them?? Bought a foreclosed house today and they're turning the gas off because the person who owned it before the bank took it over didn't pay the last bill. So they shut it off. It now has a block on it. But somehow the bank got it turned back on so we could come look @ it. I had to show purchase statement, affidavit, and ID. Before they would even talk to me. Then they said well it takes 48 hours to go through. So the gas has been running from the beginning of Feb. up till now. There gonna shut it off till Monday at the earliest.
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Old February 26th, 2010, 05:12 PM   #2
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sounds like it wasnt' the the previous owner not paying. if the gas is on and the bank took it, the bank is responsible for utilities that are on during sale.
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Old February 26th, 2010, 05:14 PM   #3
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well if the bank would have had it worked out with you and dte they would have been able to leave it on and just have done a read for change for the date of the closing. you have to work it out ahead of time otherwise it will get shut off.
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well if the bank would have had it worked out with you and dte they would have been able to leave it on and just have done a read for change for the date of the closing. you have to work it out ahead of time otherwise it will get shut off.
There was a block on it, no one could touch it w/o ownership of it.
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i hate dte with a passion! i got a new house this year (and by new i mean 175 years old) they were supposed to take a month to run gas to my house. well 3 months later in november i am nocking walls out of my house and installing a woodstove so i can have heat for the winter. screw dte!
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I didn't have a problem w/ the water company and the electric company at all they plugged the new stuff in and i was good to go. All i want is the gas to be in my name and not get shut off!! I asked the lady for the address to DTE so i can send them the bill if the pipes freeze and break....she wasn't to happy about that!
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There was a block on it, no one could touch it w/o ownership of it.
well you need to know the right people.... I could have set you up with people that would have been able to help you out... at least they have helped everybody here on the west side, i turn on peoples gas all the time when they havent even closed on the house yet they are just in the process of buying.
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i hate dte with a passion! i got a new house this year (and by new i mean 175 years old) they were supposed to take a month to run gas to my house. well 3 months later in november i am nocking walls out of my house and installing a woodstove so i can have heat for the winter. screw dte!
i do construction for dte in the summer and know it takes forever for everything to get approved to run a service or main extension.
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well you need to know the right people.... I could have set you up with people that would have been able to help you out... at least they have helped everybody here on the west side, i turn on peoples gas all the time when they havent even closed on the house yet they are just in the process of buying.
It shouldn't even need to be turned off that's the problem!!
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i do construction for dte in the summer and know it takes forever for everything to get approved to run a service or main extension.
they told me one month and after 3 months they still didnt have me on the schedule!
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It drives me nuts when people don't use punctuation in these threads they respond to but oh well i guess my two cents is that you need to call the bank and find out what they did to piss off DTE and then call DTE and see if they can fix the mistake if not then it will be cold!
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It shouldn't even need to be turned off that's the problem!!
like i said a read for change order could be used if it was set up that way. now if it was a hud home they wont let you close till its off but that is them that require it not us. read for change is just we go out get a reading to end one bill and start the new one up for the new cust. but you have to get it set up with the bank telling dte its ok to do. we do it every day.
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I also don't care for DTE work, They said they had to move my meter inside the house, had to take the day off work, for they couldn't schedule time because of involvement of the job. That was about two years ago, now they are telling me they have to move it back outdoors with no explanation why, so i got to take another day off. Very poor customer relations.
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Ya the lady couldn't answer my question about how the real estate company could get the gas turned on but i couldn't!!
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i hate dte with a passion! i got a new house this year (and by new i mean 175 years old) they were supposed to take a month to run gas to my house. well 3 months later in november i am nocking walls out of my house and installing a woodstove so i can have heat for the winter. screw dte!
You should get a roommate so your woodstove can be stocked when you're not there.
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Anyone else had problems w/ them?? Bought a foreclosed house today and they're turning the gas off because the person who owned it before the bank took it over didn't pay the last bill. So they shut it off. It now has a block on it. But somehow the bank got it turned back on so we could come look @ it. I had to show purchase statement, affidavit, and ID. Before they would even talk to me. Then they said well it takes 48 hours to go through. So the gas has been running from the beginning of Feb. up till now. There gonna shut it off till Monday at the earliest.
Sounds like there was a theft issue with the previous owner or with the bank (or whoever the bank had looking at it). Utility theft - especially gas - is a huge issue.

If it's not cleared up, PM me on Monday. I know people.
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I also don't care for DTE work, They said they had to move my meter inside the house, had to take the day off work, for they couldn't schedule time because of involvement of the job. That was about two years ago, now they are telling me they have to move it back outdoors with no explanation why, so i got to take another day off. Very poor customer relations.

Odd - the goal is to move them all outside. Inside meters are nothing but trouble for the utility.

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When I bought my house, the day we closed escrow the banks agent called DTE and SEMCO and turned everthing off. It took a week to get everything on, pipes froze.
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As a general rule of thumb, one issue you can expect to have with a foreclosed property are utility issues.

They defaulted on their mortgage, and very likely didn't pay for their utilities either. Many probably stole utility service.

When buying a foreclosed property, you should expect to have to prove who you are, to establish that [a] you're a good risk and [b] that you're not the same people just trying to turn the service on with a different name.
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God they have the shittiest customer service ever! Been on hold for 45min now!
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