Flint sends shut off notices to 2 apartment complexes, 18 residences
The City of Flint has scheduled water services to be shut off at two apartment complexes and at 18 residences due to customers not making payments for at least five months or more. City officials have mailed notices to customers who have not made a payment asking that the payment plus 10% of the past due balance be paid, or their water service will be discontinued.
The past due balances range between $2,500 and $6,000, and in most cases no payment has been made on the account in two or three years.
The city says the owners of Orchard Lane Manor and Lakeside apartments owe between $40,000 and $60,000 in unpaid water bills and the owners have not made a payment since November and December of last year.
Customers were given water shut off notices last week that their water will be shut off if payment is not made. The city is giving residential customers until the first week of April to make a payment before water service is discontinued, but the owners of the apartment complexes have until March 23 to make a payment or the water will be shut off.
"The landlord is holding up the payment of the bill. We're asking the landlord to do the right thing. We're asking the landlord to pay the amounts that are due and outstanding," says David Sabuda, Flint's Interim Chief Financial Officer.
Sabuda says the city has not heard anything from the owners of the apartment complexes since notices went out last week. He says the city has tried working with both landlords to collect on their outstanding water bills.
"We do have our records that we have that are on the account that are attached to the account and that's who we work with on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis," says Sabuda.
The City says customers were given an information packet with details about agencies and organizations residents with severe financial challenges can turn to for help making their minimum payment.
If it turns out that residents have to be displaced on Thursday, non-profit organizations like the United Way and Salvation Army will be on hand to assist residents and to help them find a new place to live.