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City posting shut off notices at properties including apartment complexes

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Shut off notices are going up at commercial properties that have fallen behind on their utility bills, including some apartment complexes.

The city reports that in some cases owners of apartment complexes have been collecting rent, which includes utility fees, but have not been paying the city for water and sewer services.

“What these landlords are doing is wrong,” said Mayor Weaver. “Some owners haven’t paid the City of Flint for utility services since 2015. We do not want to shut off water to any place people call home and will exhaust every option we can before doing so, but the city can’t afford to not be paid for water and sewer services being provided any longer.”   

Shut off “notices” are being posted at a number of locations in Flint including Averill Apartments and Orchard Lane Apartments.

Late Friday morning the owner of Bervean Apartments submitted a payment of $4,009. And in the last 24 hours the City has received a payment in the amount of $11,150 from the owner of Richfield Court Apartments and $5,100 from the owner of Genesee Forest Mobile Home Park.  These properties have been removed from the shut off list.

“We thank the property owners who have stepped up and paid,” said David Sabuda Flint’s Interim Chief Financial Officer. “Now we need the rest of the property owners who owe the City to also do the right thing and pay the current balance plus 10 percent of the past due balance and continue to make these payments until the balance is paid in full.”

A property owner near Averill Apartments said he has offered residents currently living at the complex help with moving expenses along with gift cards should they need to relocate. Representatives from the Red Cross and United Way will also be out next week speaking to residents about assistance available to help with relocation if necessary.  

The city reports that some property owners have been telling residents that their account is not past due when it actually is.

In order for residential customers to continue receiving a 65% credit on the water charges of their utility account and commercial customers with a 20% credit, the State of Michigan requires the City to have a 70% collection rate on water/sewer bills. For the credits to stay in place, the City must show that customers are paying their bills as required by the state.

Residents can call the Customer Service Center at (810) 766-7015 to find out the status of a property’s account.

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