Sewer Connection Required at my home residence

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Sewer Connection Required at my home residence

I purchased my home 5 years ago with well water and a septic system. My township
decided our area needed a sewer system. In order for me to connect to this sewer
system that I don’t need, It will cost me up to 15,000 to connect. I do not have
the money to do this, because of many financial heartaches. What can I do? How
can I do something i can’t afford? Could I be arrested?

Asked on October 30, 2016 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You can't be arrested, because this is not a criminal offense, but you could be fined, and depending on the ordinance passed, the fines could be considerable. Yes, the town can require you to do something you can't afford--for example, they can require that homes comply with fire and electrical safety code, even when very expensive for you. You inability to pay is simply not a legal concern. To avoid fines, you will have to find some way to pay for it, such as via a home equity or renovation loan.


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