July 20, 2006 at 7:10 pm #52026
I haven’t been around much as I’ve been fighting tooth and nail for a resolution to the now ‘eight’ months of hell with the electricity and water connections. For those who don’t know my story, my family and I have been on the developers meagre and dangerous supply since November last year after being refused an LFO due to a legal dispute with another resident in the same complex and the developers….
Anyway, this week out of the blue the water board cut off our illegally connected water supply without warning (we were always fearing this), but it usually came back on again within a few hours.
Today however it got to five pm and we started to panic like hell of course. Its July!!! 30 degrees out here, and we are half dying in the heat anyway! We knew something was up! There was nobody around and we couldnt get hold of our lawyer so we trampled around the street to see if any other resident would turn up so we could ask them. (Nearly all the residents moved away cos of this situation)…
Eventually a man appeared and he told us ‘Didnt you know? The LFO has been issued already, the developers should have informed you days ago that this was going to happen so you could go and register with the board!” 😈
Nobody told us a damn thing! Fortunately there is a tap outside with water so now we seem to be ending our ordeal just as appallingly as we began it – carrying buckets into the house and up and down the stairs.
Well at least I can say that if this truly IS COMING TO AN END then I can open a bottle of wine and kiss the last eight months of hell goodbye!
Thanks to everyone here for their kindness and sympathy and I hope that my impending book will help raise awareness! My story is also due to be featured on ITV soon so i’ll have to let you guys knows when it airs.
July 20, 2006 at 7:45 pm #64037
What a relief for you, Carla !
It comes to something, doesn’t it – when you feel like celebrating with a bottle of wine something that is a basic human right – a proper water supply.
Good luck with the book – and don’t drink all that water at once!
P.S. What about the electricity, or is that a silly question 😆
July 20, 2006 at 7:50 pm #64038
Carla, that is WONDERFUL news!!! I’m soooo pleased for you! 😀 😀
I experienced a little of what you have been going through yesterday. It was the hotest July day here for 90+years and we got a power cut!!!!!!!!
My children always say to us” it’s hotter outside than it is in this house” ie it’s cool! Well it got to 90 degrees inside the house! We found out …4 hrs later some builders along the road had been using a digger and severed a mains cable!! Goodness only knows how we would manage with no water as well!! 😯
I hope, once you have registered with the utilities company, life will be sweet for you & your family.
July 20, 2006 at 8:05 pm #64039
Barbara – Thankyou! The Electricity? That is a good question. Still on the developers supply. I hope to find out tomorrow morning ASAP about connecting to that properly also. I have a rotten feeling they’ll be carting the temporary box away tomorrow, (I hate those rotten feelings, they tend to come true in my experience), and I keep looking out of the window praying they don’t do that until I get to sort it all out. Its typical also that almost everyone in the street has disappeared on holidays so its hard to get information.
Washing out of buckets is hard enough, but no electricity at all is just about impossible. We may have to swim out of this tunnel with a bit more pain but I’ll gladly do it anyway, to have it all OVER WITH!
Claire – Thank you also. I ran straight into my bedroom and burst into tears this afternoon after hearing the LFO had been issued. I felt ridiculous because its GOOD NEWS but the relief was more than I could bear at that moment and it all came flooding out! I wont be truly convinced until the connections are done. In fact I still can’t believe it. My husband and I were recently planning and preparing to escape before winter came upon us again. The funny thing is its going to take me a while to remember that I can actually turn on more than one light switch on at once!
July 20, 2006 at 8:12 pm #64041
So pleased to hear everything has worked out well for you. Hope the neighbour is OK!!!
Good luck with the book.
July 20, 2006 at 9:17 pm #64044
Re. the ‘neighbour’ – if it was me, I would feel like sticking a hosepipe through his letterbox and turning the tap on 😆
Before anyone gets on my case – just a fantasy to help the anger.
I know of a therapist in Canada who believes revenge-fantasies are theraputic for anger!!!!
July 20, 2006 at 11:49 pm #64045
Carla – great timing for a book. You Go Girl. Be assurred, you’ve got lots of support and understanding here – me included – and we’ll all pull together to aim for a best-seller ❗ Thinking of you & keep your chin up 😉
July 21, 2006 at 7:37 am #64047
so pleased to read positive things about your situation, i think your case should be compulsory text in all agents brochures …….much like a smokers health warning!
It would be interesting to see a compiled list of cases similar to yours, and then have it presented it to the person/s responsible for change…….if they are not already behind bars?
July 21, 2006 at 1:17 pm #64055
Finally – Our water was legally connected today at 1.15pm! A momentous eight months and six days after we moved in..
We kicked up a bit of a stinker this this morning as when we called the lawyer at 8.30 am this morning directly on his mobile (whom we had already paid eight months ago to do all this stuff for us btw) he told us we would need to get a copy of the Licence from the council and take it next Tuesday morning to the water board! 😯 (He said monday was a bank holiday). So we queued up for a good few hours in the town hall and when we finally got to the end they said we didn’t need that at all. We only had to go straight to the water board 😈
We got to the water board 15 minutes before they shut for the weekend. My hubby and I then practically got on our knees and begged them to connect us up. They actually did! They went straight to my house and put in a metre that took all of five minutes…
If I’d listened to the lawyer we’d still be without water at all until Tuesday at least. Typical! Do these lawyers have any idea how things work?
Well its here and we’re flushing toilets for the hell of it, next one is to get our electrics and smash that box outside! 😀
July 21, 2006 at 1:43 pm #64061Carla wrote:“If I’d listened to the lawyer we’d still be without water at all until Tuesday at least. Typical! Do these lawyers have any idea how things work”?
…….obviously not all of them 🙄
July 24, 2006 at 8:28 am #64098
Great news! I am pleased for you all.
However, don’t be too hard on your lawyer. I deal with half a dozen councils and practically every process is dealt with in a slightly different way by each council. Of course, each council is convinced that their procedure is the only possible procedure and citing examples of how other councils work will have no effect.
July 24, 2006 at 7:05 pm #64108
Thanks Rawlins. I’m not annoyed with the lawyer (anymore lol). Its just irritating when you pay someone to look after your interests and you end up going about it yourself just to get something done. Its all good news anyway, and I wont get caught out with the elecs, apparently that takes a bit longer to sort out, but after that life will hopefully be much easier on us.
July 24, 2006 at 11:41 pm #64111
I am so pleased that at last you will be able to enjoy your property. There was no need for all the stress you suffered but you must now look to the future and think that at least your awful experience may help some other people out.
We still have no LFO so are spending summer in the sweltering British heat
whilst our money sits part in the builders bank account and part in our Spanish bank account. We have been waiting since October and now have no incentive to want the LFO to come through as we can’t use the property ourselves till Christmas, and even then the flights are so expensive it would be cheaper to do All Inclusive with a family of 6.
Good luck with the TV show and book.
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