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amanda4882
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December 28, 2016 6:40 am  

Hello,
I finally bought a home on STT. Its been 10 years of saving and looking but the perfect place presented itself!
I am currently off island and need to get the power turned on so when I get there, I can save some time. The place has been vacant for sometime so I am pretty sure there is no power currently.

I recall reading somewhere in the forum that there might be someone who offered a service where they would go down to WAPA and set up things. Maybe i am confusing this with someone who goes down to the port and gets your car sorted out, not sure.

If anyone knows if this is available, and not just a figment of my imagination, Please let me know. I will be back in STT in February and want to get things going before I get there.

Thanks,


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Alana33
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December 28, 2016 10:44 am  

Why don't you call WAPA and ask if you can set it up by phone?


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speee1dy
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December 28, 2016 10:45 am  

also be aware that if there is any money owed for power to that address, you will be responsible -unless that has changed


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Alana33
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December 28, 2016 1:11 pm  

I don't believe they can legally charge a new owner for the old owners usage as of midnight on closing date of transaction.

It was incredibly easy to set up electricity and my other utilities over the phone for my home in FL. Maybe WAPA has evolved? Can't hurt to call.

If not, there are people who run errands like that but think they require a notarized letter allowing them to act on your behalf and may also require
ID copy. Be sure to ask what's needed.

Company called "I'll do it for you" may be able to help.
340-775-0635


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speee1dy
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December 28, 2016 2:01 pm  

our downstairs neighbor had that problem when she moved in. the old tenants bill had to be paid before it could be put in her name. since she was the one that wanted the electricity in her name, that left her.

also if i am not mistaken there was a gym by subway that closed. someone wanted to buy/rent it but did not want to pay the other gyms electric bill. they never opened.

i have heard many stories like this about wapa


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vicanuck
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December 28, 2016 5:01 pm  

WAPA will try to get away with anything until the PSC tells them no.

They're bullies and they know most people will just pay to get on with it.


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stxsailor
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December 28, 2016 5:16 pm  

Funny the hold the little guy accountable but let the government owed monies slide.......


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singlefin
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December 28, 2016 5:22 pm  

Wait a minute... you guys have electricity on St. Thomas?


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Scubadoo
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December 29, 2016 2:30 am  

We had our realtor get the power on for us before we arrived. Yes, it required granting them a notarized limited power of attorney and had to send them a check made out to WAPA for something like $140 which included deposit. And they prefer to know the meter number. But it was straight forward. Did you use a realtor for the purchase?


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speee1dy
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December 29, 2016 10:45 am  

one of our downstairs neighbors had to wait about a week for the power to be turned on , just keep that in mind


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Alana33
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December 29, 2016 10:54 am  

I know that in the past, one used to have to provide a copy of deed if you were the homeowner or lease copy if a tenant. Best to call WAPA directly to inquire what information you shall be required to provide.

Here's the WAPA link that tells you what's required.
http://www.viwapa.vi/Customers/NewService/Residential_Permanent_Power.aspx


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