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Tenants face eviction if landlords don't pay water bills

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The city of Flint has threatened to shut off water to delinquent landlords, which could leave dozens of tenants looking for a place to go.

"Where do we go? There's people with infant children in here. Where are they going to go," said Judy Couch, tenant.

Tenants like Couch are on edge after city officials threatened to cut off water to 13 commercial customers. That includes several apartment complexes that owe the city about a million dollars for past due water bills.

"I got my money order right now to pay rent. i don't know what to do," said Shun Anderson, tenant.

Lapeer Gardens Property is just one of several apartment complexes where rent paying residents could be displaced if property owners don't pay up.

"We got three kids and that's a big surprise and we can't just up and move like that," Anderson said.

The United Way is prepared to knock on doors and help provide options for tenants. This is the first time they've dealt with possible displacements on this scale.

"Every day that we wait families become more anxious and don't know. The non-profit community stays focused on this instead of other things that we need to get done as part of the regular course of business. So the sooner we can get some resolution, the better," said Jamie Gaskin, with the United Way of Genesee County.

The United Way is just one of several organizations preparing for the absolute worse, but hoping that the landlords come up with a solution.

"I'm getting boxes today. My daughter's going to take me to get boxes today. There's nothing else I can do," Couch said.

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