Monday, March 8, 2010

Knock on the door

Sheriff's deputy pre-empts Moneyday. Someone reported our trailer had two flat tires so they thought it was abandoned. We are in unincorporated Washington County, which I just learned has the rule that any vehicle on the street musy be locally owned and operable. We look like we fail on both counts because we haven't been able to get tags or transfer the title yet. More on that in a minute, but he was satisfied we did in fact own it locally and would look past the tags since we are in process of taking care of that. But the tires are a legit issue. He said he was coming back to check in 24 hours, and if the tires were still looking flat/the trailer not looking movable, he'd have to tag it to have it towed off. Ugh. So Bob will get to deal with that tonight/tomorrow morning. Hopefully the leak is slow enough he can pump up the tires occasionally and wait to actually fix it until the tags are current and he can tow it to Les Schwab's.

Back to the tags... We couldn't do the title transfer even though we have a bill of sale because the widow we bought it from's name was not on the old title, her deceased husband's was. So we have to write her a letter signed certified mail/return receipt explaining the issue, asking her to fill out the paperwork DMV gave us to send, and wait. If she responds by filling it out, great! If she receives it and does nothing, 30 days after she was certified to receive it, we can take it to a deliberator in Salem to decide if we own it or not. If the USPS doesn't find her, same deal as if she does not respond. Ugh. So, we need to get the letter off ASAP and hope it all gets resolved before we move. Yeah.

BTW, it is kinda scary to have the sheriff knock on your door while your husband is working. Your first thought is, "Did something happen?" But no, thankfully it is just a whiny neighbor making life a little more difficult.

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