NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A Norfolk mobile home park's management is under fire after not paying its water bill, causing 70 mobile homes to go without running water. But this isn't the first time operators have been in trouble with the city.
WAVY.com first introduced you to Central Park Mobile Home Park in 2010 when the City of Norfolk charged its management -- YPD Properties -- with 14 misdemeanors for failing to fix unsafe buildings and code problems. Now, after YPD failed to pay its water bill, the city pulled the meter.
Tarry Gignack has no water coming out of her faucet.
"I looked, and nothing was coming on. I went out to see if they were working on the pump house," Gignack said.
But the faucets at the pump house weren't working either. Gignack found out the park's operators owed the city $8,000.
When WAVY.com called the landlord, all we got was an answering machine message: "Thank you for calling YPD Properties, we are not able to take your call at this time.”
“I'm crying ... because [the landlord] doesn't do what he says, and all he wants is money, money, money. If you are one minute late, you have a court summons on the door,” said Gignack.
Gignack would know -- she's been taken to court before. But she's current on her water bill and has the receipts to prove it.
“I've paid all of the bills. I pay my rent every month. I pay my water every month,” she said.
It appears that the park has one main meter, and all the mobile homes get water from that meter. The residents then pay back the owner for the water. However, tenants at Central Park aren't even sure if what they're paying is what they owe. Gignack's accused management of “guesstimating' water usage.
WAVY.com called the Department of Public Utilities, and Harry Kenyon confirmed the water will be back on soon.
"There was a payment into the account. We have an order in to restore the water service," Kenyon said.
Wednesday, a new meter was brought out, connected, and water flowed again through the pipes into the sinks of the mobile home park's residents.
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