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Tenants could be forced out if landlords don't pay water bills

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

A number of renters could be without a home just days before Christmas if their landlords don't pay up to make good on outstanding water bills with the city of Flint.

Two apartment complexes are at risk of eviction if the bills are not paid. So far the owners have made little effort to do so.

Residents at Lakeside Apartments woke up to shut off notices on their front doors.

"I'm extremely frustrated because it seems like every other week we're getting a notice saying everything going to be shut off. I have three kids. I can't afford to move right now," said Laura Comstock, tenant.

The city said the apartment complex has been contacted several times to pay their balance, but so far no luck.

The city has also targets the Ballanger Manor Apartments. A situation that has put dozens of residents in a very compromising position right before the holidays.

"Well, it's right before Christmas. No one has the money for Christmas and then let alone to move on top of it right afterwards. Everyone doesn't know what to do now," Comstock said.

The city said the Lakeside Apartments owe more than $47,000. Ballanger Manor owes nearly $12,000. The deadline to pay up is Dec. 15.

If the issue isn't resolved within the next week, the tenants could be forced out.

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