New house comes with old water bill - WNEM TV 5

New house comes with old water bill

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Lendon Chambers has been fixing up his new home in Flint.

"I was shocked," Chambers said.

But when he went to pay his tax bill - he was hit with a big surprise.

"He owed $800 and I had to pay it and that was on top of the $435 in taxes," Chambers said.

As it turns out, Chambers' son, who used to own the home before a court conservatorship took it over, apparently owed hundreds to the city for a water bill. But Chambers said he wasn't aware of that when he bought the home.

"I don't think that it's proper that people be charged unless they're informed of what's going on and I want an itemized statement of when and where this occurred to," Chambers said.

Could this kind of situation impact other homeowners as well?

City spokesman Jason Lorenz confirms: this is a real issue.

He said oftentimes people who purchase homes without the use of a realtor will neglect to perform a title check.

That means the new homeowner oftentimes can get stuck paying the past due utility bills.

Chambers said that's not fair.

"The water has been off for two years and I still have an $800 bill," Chambers said.

He has this advice for anyone looking to buy a new home anytime soon.

"They better check the water bills before they buy property in the City of Flint," Chambers said.

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