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Residents water turned back on

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Two different communities were without running water for days thanks to their landlord's debt.

Shady Acres mobile home park and Glen Acres Estates' water turned back on Wednesday.

Both of the living complexes were without water for more than five days. Both landlords owe the city of Flint more than $100,000 in overdue water bills.

Residents said they understand why the city turned off the service, but they wanted to know if the city had any other options so they weren't the ones suffering.

There are other options to collect past due water bills. The city could place a lein on the property, like a special assessment on the tax bill. This could halt a sale or refinance of the property until the debt is paid.

If a foreclosure took place after the lein was placed the debt would be eliminated from the lein regardless.

A special assessment lein has already been attempted on the Glen Acres property twice, totaling about $70,000.

City officials said there is no easy way to collect past due water bills of that magnitude and cutting off service is a last resort.

The owners of Glen Acres Estates and Shady Acres could not be reached for comment.

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