Courtesy of News 6 Orlando
ORLANDO -- Hundreds of residents in the Tymber Skan on
the Lake Condominiums were notified on Monday that water service will soon
be shut off at their homes.
Orlando Utility Company and Orange County Code Enforcement workers went door
to door in sections 1 and 3 in the complex. With a deputy escort, they told
residents their water would be turned off on Nov. 9.
"The association fees have not been getting paid, so OUC will be
disconnecting the water," said a code enforcement worker.
OUC said the complex has accumulated more than $100,000 in unpaid debt.
"That don't seem like it's fair to us, because we're paying the bill and our
water's still getting cutoff," said resident Randy Burke.
While many individual families have been paying their utility bills, OUC
said the Condo Owner's Association has not. In 2014, an agreement was
reached to avoid a cutoff, but payments stopped several months ago,
according to OUC.
"If they cut the water off, eventually you got to go. That's just throwing
you out," said Burke.
Once the water service has been turned off, the county's code enforcement
may determine the homes are no longer habitable, according to OUC.
Orange County Commissioner Victoria Siplin said residents affected have
options for relocation provided by Orange County.
“We knew this day was coming, but it does not lessen the impact on my
constituents in Tymber Skan," said Siplin. "The tenants are left with the
consequences of poor management and neglect by the individuals responsible
for Tymber Skan properties.”
At the request of Siplin, OUC delayed their disconnect deadline for a week
to allow affected residents more time to seek alternate housing and
County workers provided residents with a hotline to call for assistance.