Rankin County Requires Utility Permit and Inspection When House Sells

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Real Estate Agent with Front Gate Real Estate Broker 11085

When utilities (electric, water, gas) are transferred from one name to another, an inspection and permit (fee) must be submitted to Rankin County. So, whether you are renting OR buying, this requirement must be met before the utility company will activate your account.

 

The new law was adopted in 2013 and applies to ALL PROPERTIES LOCATED OUTSIDE CITY LIMITS BUT WITHIN RANKIN COUNTY.

 

This provision has caused confusion and frustration to  homebuyers who are unaware of the ordinance. My recommendation is to begin the process of transferring utilities at least THREE - FIVE BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE CLOSING to avoid delays.

 

 Do not wait until the day of closing or you may find yourself without power!

 

Complete the Utility Permit Application and submit it to the Office of Community Development along with your $100 payment. The fee will be waived if you have a home inspection by a licensed Mississippi home inspector dated within 90 days of the utility permit application. However, if REPAIRS WERE NEEDED, YOU MUST SUBMIT PROOF that repairs were done by a licensed repairman. If the county has to verify repairs, there will be a reinspect fee.

 

Your application can be emailed to the Office of Community Development. Be sure to check the Rankin County website for current information. The phone number is 601-824-2570.

 

NOTE: If the property is leasehold (located on PRV property), contact The Rez at 601-856-6575.

 

 

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Pat this sounds like one more way to get more money out of homeowners.

Jul 30, 2015 08:09 AM #1
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This is good information for home buyers and their agents.

This requirement is certainly an additional burden on consumers.

Jul 30, 2015 08:44 AM #2
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Pat Starnes, Brandon, MS
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George Souto - exactly! This regulation was passed to fund a new county ordinance, that sadly, isn't being enforced as it should be.

Jul 30, 2015 08:47 AM #3
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Roy Kelley - I heard a horror story this week from a buyer who was unaware of this requirement and waited until closing to transfer utilities. They have been without power for a week because they had to supply proof of repairs. The owner was almost in tears. Moving is stressful enough. 

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