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Are you legally required to pay for the remaining oil when you buy a house?

This seller has put us through hell with this house, from letting the oil run out and pipes freeze (yes LETTING becuse we warned her it was empty multiple times), promising us a non existant snowblower and claiming we stole it and including a dishwasher that doesn't even work. We agreed to pay for some electrical that needed to be done and she paid for some other work. We said you pay for the electircal and we will buy a new dishwasher, no go. So i say if its not legally required we pay for the oil we don't, she didn't pay for it anyways her insurance did when they had to put in the new furnace.

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Asked by chagenue at 10:05 AM on Mar. 10, 2011 in Home & Garden

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  • The oil is paid for when delivered and should just come with the same of the house. But if the current homeowner is causing so much trouble just walk away and keep looking

    Answer by Mom2Jack04 at 10:15 AM on Mar. 10, 2011

  • I'm confused. Have you already signed the papers and closed on the house, or are you still in offers? Private sale or through a realtor? When we bought our house, we made our offer through the realtor, which was lower than the asking price, and put why we were offering less. They accepted through the realtor, a couple months later we met at a lawyer's office, signed the papers, they went home to their new house and we went home to our new house. There was never an dickering about paying for the propane that was still in the tank, working or non-working stuff - once it was done it was done. We never actually talked directly to the people, other than at the lawyer's office. So I'm confused where you're going through all these "dealings".

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:15 AM on Mar. 10, 2011

  • We close on monday and peope have been telling us we are supposed to pay for what is in the tank. As far as we know there was never a snowblower on the property so we don't know what she is thinking. she is just an idiot. we called on three seperate occasions to tell them they were low on oil, because we had been there one day for inspections (she lives on the other side of the state, we live down the street from the house) and her realtor told us it was being delt with and even that they had it filled when it wasn't true. It ran out and everything had to be replaced. not only did we lose our window for our loan but the percentage went up during that time period. When it was all said and done we had to wait until last week for congress to approve the temporary budget to get our funding and by then our rate went up a half percent. we can't just move one we have no more money and no place to live.

    Comment by chagenue (original poster) at 10:44 AM on Mar. 10, 2011

  • We just bought a house with oil tank. the whole process was pretty easy but I don't think it is a legal thing. If they ask you to pay for oil, that is between you two. But i really don't think its a law or anything liek that.

    Answer by isaboo22 at 11:04 AM on Mar. 10, 2011

  • Well, if the tank is empty then there's nothing to pay for, just get it refilled and pay for it. I would get away from the seller as quickly as possible, she sounds like trouble.

    Answer by scout_mom at 11:25 AM on Mar. 10, 2011

  • its 3/4 full. she is, lol, we actually just spoke to the laywer and he said she is responsible for the snowblower and dishwasher because she put it into the contract and signed it. he says she has to meet us in the middle. All in all this house is an extreemly good deal, when prices go up we will make out very well. We are already 10,000 lesss than the appraisal.

    Comment by chagenue (original poster) at 11:48 AM on Mar. 10, 2011

  • if she put it in the papers that u are to buy the oil at xtra cost then u might have to...but u could also request that she fill the oil if its empty. same with say the sewer if its private u can request that it be pumped out and she pay for it. as for the pipes she should be fixing them its her fault. and u can get her to repair them at her cost.. OR she can pay some of the closing costs so u have xtra money to pay for said repairs. we just bought a house in oct..well before then but things needed to be done like the ant proublm we requested they hire an xtermanator...which they did. also water spout outside of house wasent working we asked for it to be fixed...they did. home inspection brought up a few minor things we asked for it to be fixed they tryd to get out so we said fix or closeing cost..they fixed it... also we fot a full tank of propane and septic tank pumped they paid for. we paid all closing. good luck xo

    Answer by tabbys4 at 11:48 AM on Mar. 10, 2011

  • What's in your contract? You are only legally responsible for what is in the contract, so if she paid to have the oil tank filled prior to you taking possession of the property, then it's her problem, not yours. Not unless there is a provision in your contract that states something to the effect of "on XXX date buyer is responsible for the filling & maintenance of the oil tank". Is it the seller who is hounding you about it & making trouble? If so, you can have your realtor request from the sellor's realtor that the seller have no further contact with you except through your realtors or laywers.

    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 12:57 PM on Mar. 10, 2011

  • Have you been living there already, even though you hadn't closed? Then the oil is your responsibility. But they do not have to fill it for you before you move in. I would not fill my propane tank knowing we were moving out soon.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:27 PM on Mar. 10, 2011

  • Buying the remaining oil is a customary process. If you just want to be a *itch you can tell them you will buy a quarter of it and they can remove the rest (which you know they can't do)

    Answer by hotelmom123 at 12:34 PM on Mar. 11, 2011

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