Richmond, VA asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Elder Law for Virginia

Q: Can a property owner suddenly cut off a person's water without warning?

This is about an elderly couple whose artesian well is on property that used to belong to them. When it was sold 10 years ago owner was aware that the well is being used by the elderly couple and today told them he cut it off because he doesn't need it anymore.

1 Lawyer Answer
Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Potomac, MD
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: It sounds like it might be time for a legal review of the transaction to determine if there was an easement implied. They don't appear to be tenants of their buyer, so it may be time to negotiate or to buy bottled water until they can tap into an artesian well below their property.

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