Does this sound right?
I live in the Seattle area. A friend of mine just purchased a home at auction that she intends to refurbish and re-sell. After she purchased it, she found out that the previous people who had owned it and walked away from the house had left unpaid about $5000 in utility bills (electricity, water, and garbage). She is being told by the utilities that she is now responsible for these bills, and she can't get utility services until she pays the former owner's bills. Does this sound right, or is it just some bureaucrat trying to get money out of her with no legal basis? Any advice?