St. Marys Apartment Complex Owes Thou...

St. Marys Apartment Complex Owes Thousands for Water Bill, Residents Told to Vacate

There are 21 comments on the First Coast News story from Oct 22, 2010, titled St. Marys Apartment Complex Owes Thousands for Water Bill, Residents Told to Vacate. In it, First Coast News reports that:

ST. MARYS, Ga. -- They fear they'll soon be without a place to live. More than 50 residents at a St.

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“Call it as I see It”

Since: Jun 10

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#1 Oct 23, 2010
Let me get this straight the city is evicting residents because the owners didn't pay the water bill. I'm sure this isn't legal to displace people like this or is the city this heartless and only care about money and forgot they were dealing with people?

Since: Oct 10

Norridgewock, ME

#2 Oct 23, 2010
Were will the kids go? What about school.
burreto

United States

#3 Oct 23, 2010
Why would anyone want to live in that hell hole? It's the most dangerous place to live in St. Marys. Drugs, guns, hookers, break-ins, vandalism, muggings, shall I go on?

Since: Oct 10

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#4 Oct 23, 2010
What apartment complex is this? How were they allowed to go for so long without paying their water bill?

Since: Oct 10

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#5 Oct 23, 2010
If the bill had not been paid since January then it seems like the city of St. Marys could have at least given more than a couple of days notice to the tenants...they knew this was coming. A single homeowner would not have been allowed to go nine months without paying the water bill. If the apartment manager is that bad at handling the finances of the complex then the tenants should be allowed to pay their individual water bill and take a reduction on the rent. Two days notice is not enough time to allow residents to find another place to live...sounds like the tenants were in the dark about the bill not being paid.
F Key

Strong, ME

#6 Oct 24, 2010
Blame the apartment management not the city. It sounds like the city has been telling management to pay the bill and mangement is blowing them off. It is the same as a tenant paying rent and the landlord not paying the morgage, the bank can evict the renters when they take back the house. Even though the renters think they are paid up.
Sandy

Inola, OK

#7 Oct 24, 2010
The Real Pollyanna wrote:
If the bill had not been paid since January then it seems like the city of St. Marys could have at least given more than a couple of days notice to the tenants...they knew this was coming. A single homeowner would not have been allowed to go nine months without paying the water bill. If the apartment manager is that bad at handling the finances of the complex then the tenants should be allowed to pay their individual water bill and take a reduction on the rent. Two days notice is not enough time to allow residents to find another place to live...sounds like the tenants were in the dark about the bill not being paid.
not really sticking it to them unless you sneak up.

“Call it as I see It”

Since: Jun 10

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#8 Oct 25, 2010
In a nation of Christians we are the most heartless and uncaring when it comes to money. They might live in the worst place in St. Marys but is this a reason to put people on the street.

Where is our charity and why wouldn't we let the residents know what was happening. When a landlord doesn't pay the mortgage and the bank forecloses aren't they required to give the residents 90-days notice. This was something that happened because of the economy crashing. Back in 2009 this was happening to people and I thought regulations were put into place to protect people.

I goes back to the fact most are christian on Sunday and when it benefits them but never with money.
F Key

Strong, ME

#9 Oct 25, 2010
Don't blame the economy on this one. It is simple, the management collected the rent, they should pay the bill. It is not the cities job to notify the residents, it was the management.
F Key

Strong, ME

#10 Oct 25, 2010
cities = city's

Since: Oct 10

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#11 Oct 25, 2010
Who's job was it to evict the tenants when the water bill was unpaid by the landlord? If the city was going to evict they should have given the tenants more than two or three days notice. Yes, this is a result of bad manager/ownership of the complex.
Beltron

Saint Marys, GA

#12 Oct 25, 2010
it is not necessarily the managements fault. the city of St. Marys issued building permits for 500 apts. when we did not need them. this is a result of poor leadership.7
What Now

Kingsland, GA

#13 Oct 25, 2010
I'm sure the city's increase of 35% on their water bill did not help things when the apartment complex contracts with the tenents included utilities.
Charles R Davis

Saint Marys, GA

#14 Oct 25, 2010
The Real Pollyanna wrote:
Who's job was it to evict the tenants when the water bill was unpaid by the landlord? If the city was going to evict they should have given the tenants more than two or three days notice. Yes, this is a result of bad manager/ownership of the complex.
It is more complicated and you know it. City is at fault and they know it. 500 more apartments when we did not need them. City knew that this was going to happen. The ones that voted to allow this should be punished. Complete lack of common sense.
Charles R Davis

Saint Marys, GA

#15 Oct 25, 2010
Because of the actions of this council and the previous council we have had an increase in house foreclosures. We will now see an increase in the foreclosure of many apartment complexes because tenants are moving into the new apartments leaving the other apartment complexes with a smaller per cent of the rental market causing more dilapidated and bankrupt complexes. Way to go St. Marys. We are having this problem because people in office do not have a clue what it takes to make it here.

I am troubled by the complete lack of judgement in the running of St. Marys.
spit

United States

#16 Oct 25, 2010
The "five in the middle" only care about their realestate deals that will help them and their friends, screw the rest of us..........that pay taxes and that voted them in office....
F Key

Strong, ME

#17 Oct 26, 2010
Charles R Davis wrote:
Because of the actions of this council and the previous council we have had an increase in house foreclosures. We will now see an increase in the foreclosure of many apartment complexes because tenants are moving into the new apartments leaving the other apartment complexes with a smaller per cent of the rental market causing more dilapidated and bankrupt complexes. Way to go St. Marys. We are having this problem because people in office do not have a clue what it takes to make it here.
I am troubled by the complete lack of judgement in the running of St. Marys.
It is not the city's fault. You have a grudge because you didn't get your sign. As far as moving into a new apartment, who doesn't want better living conditions, so many need to be upgraded. It is the fault of management for not paying their bills or letting the tenants know. As you know, property owners want to be able to build or use their property for whatever they want. But they must follow the rules.

Since: Oct 10

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#18 Oct 26, 2010
F Key wrote:
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It is not the city's fault. You have a grudge because you didn't get your sign. As far as moving into a new apartment, who doesn't want better living conditions, so many need to be upgraded. It is the fault of management for not paying their bills or letting the tenants know. As you know, property owners want to be able to build or use their property for whatever they want. But they must follow the rules.
So did the tenants actually get evicted? Or did the apartment owner finally pay the water bill?

“Master o Public Administration”

Since: Oct 10

St. Marys, GA

#19 Oct 26, 2010
Charles R Davis wrote:
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It is more complicated and you know it. City is at fault and they know it. 500 more apartments when we did not need them. City knew that this was going to happen. The ones that voted to allow this should be punished. Complete lack of common sense.
Charles, suppose that when you applied for a busines license to DBA
your new name for your old Huddle House location, the city had told you that in light of the alarming number of restaurants that had closed, they had decided to deny you a license to protect the remaining restaurants. Would you have been okay with that?
Would that have represented the kind of responsible council you're looking for?

Thanks for publishing under your real name, by the way.

“Master o Public Administration”

Since: Oct 10

St. Marys, GA

#20 Oct 26, 2010
The Real Pollyanna wrote:
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So did the tenants actually get evicted? Or did the apartment owner finally pay the water bill?
No, the owner worked out a payment plan acceptable to the city. All is well.

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