Utility Provider Need the Brother of a Deceased Person to Pay His Bills


A resident of Wilmington, North Carolina whose name is John Scott has been getting the bills from Cape Fear Public Utility Authority which are due to his brother who passed away five years ago. The bills are of huge amounts and the letters in which explains the bills are for the heirs of the Gordon Dean Gantt who is the brother of John Scott.

John Scott told that after the death of his brother, he tried to turn the supply of water off by contacting the water and sewer authorities of his late brother and he also got the bill on which it was mentioned that there was no usage of water. Without any usage of water, his charges of water bills are still accrued.

This event of bills showed that even if a person dies, he cannot avoid the payables of the water and sewer bills. The heirs of a dead man would have to face the problems and notices in such case.

The bills of Gordon Dean Gantt have reached $1700 and according to John Scott the bill cannot be related to the water usage. It is for something else but not water. Chief Communication Officer of Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA), Mike McGill cleared the things and told that only to have ac access to the water and sewer, you must pay monthly charges of $25 which has summed up to that amount and will have to be paid. The responsibility will remain with the owner until declaration of the house as uninhabitable. These are bas charges and must be paid while other part of the bill which increases with the usage, you do not have to pay for that if you do not have any consumption.


According to John Scott, four years ago, he filled the foreclosure for the house but it was not taken over by the bank and that is why he is not going to pay for that.

AARP which is an association for the retired people gave its recommendations in this issue. According to the association when the agencies who are looking to collect the debt from the heirs of the deceased person, the heirs should avoid speaking with the collectors rather they should just refer them to the executor or administrator of the state.

In this case, Scott who had tried to turn off the supply after the death of his brother must not be held responsible for the bills as the water authority had to bring changes in its regulations that if a person does not remain alive, how could the relatives can be held responsible for the connection charges.

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