We bought a house in NC in 2005. It had several lots including one with a water well installed by a private company. The former owners had a "gentlemen's agreement" which stated that in exchange for the easement and right of way that the owners would not receive a monthly water bill. We didn't like not having usage of the property but, free is free.
As NCUC Rule R7-24 states that each person receiving services must be charged the same amount-no argument there, we will now receive a water bill.
Here's my question: without the free water incentive are we going to be forced to continue to not have use of this property?
The previous owner said that we own the land just not the rights to the land. What a crock. If it's ours than do we have the right to ask them to remove their equipment from the property? It would be cheaper for us to have them remove their well and drill our own,than to have to pay someone else for water. And we would have use of the additional 1/3 acre of land we own but don't own. Thank you for your time and advice.