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Utility Payoff at Closing in Washington State

In the State of Washington, certain utility charges are an “implicit” (automatic) lien on the property where service is provided. Water and sewer services are typically covered by these laws, as is electric power when provided by a city or town. The law helps ensure that utility providers can collect amounts that are owed to them by tying the debt to the property itself and not just to a particular person or business.