Article Courtesy of Channel
9 -- Orlando
October 17, 2012
— People who live in an
condo complex could soon be kicked out of their own homes.
The Orlando Utility Commission is about to shut off water to The Village
because the complex isn't paying its bills. And if the water is shut off,
no one will be allowed to live there.
Some residents said this is not their fault. People who have paid their
monthly bill to the management feel this notice that their water will be
shut off in a week isn't fair since they've paid their portion.
People who haven't paid their fees said they don't plan to until new
management steps in. A water notice has pitted neighbor against neighbor
at the Village condos.
OUC plans to shut the water off to all 120 units in one week because of a
$12,000 bill. If it's not paid, and the water is shut off, the condo
association said the county may force residents to move out.
Ann Tucker lives in the Village and works in the management office. She
said the reason is twofold. She tells WFTV nearly half of the units are in
foreclosure and the banks aren't paying fees. The other reason some just
Phyliss Scott, a former association board member, is one of those people
who haven't paid her dues in years. Management said she owes $10,000. She
and other homeowners haven't paid because they question where previous
funds have gone.
Several homeowners are fighting a legal battle to have a third party
handle the dues and payouts.
"Another company they run the association and clean us up," said
WFTV tried to contact the property manager who is also the board
president, but he didn't come to the door and has not returned a phone
Homeowner Kevin Souder, who's paid his bills, is afraid time may be
"I'm out because of course I have a mortgage payment here and my
tenants out because she won't have anywhere to live," said Souder.
The homeowners trying to get a third party to take over the dues will be
in court Thursday. If a judge grants a third party. the homeowners said
they plan to pay their back fees to management.
If not, residents said they plan to stay as long as they can without
Renters and homeowners have taken it upon themselves to try to come up
with the $12,000 owed to OUC. So far, they have raised $7,000.