Tenants face water disconnection after months of nonpayments

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RANTOUL, Ill. (WCIA) — People who live at an apartment complex in Rantoul are facing a threat of having their water disconnected.

The management company of Abbot Acres apartment complex has not paid the water bill in several months. Rantoul Administrator Scott Eisenhauer says the company owes the village about $48,000. The property management has until November 16th to pay it or the water for all tenants will be shut off.

Warning posters have been placed on the doors of the complex to notify tenants. The management company responded to the village administration on Friday expressing interest in paying the bill before the shut off date, but the village said nothing further has been done so far. The management company disputed that on Saturday, telling WCIA they had scheduled a payment on the bill and it was not as much as the village reported, but would not share a specific amount. A representative of Abbot Acres said this happened because many tenants have not been paying their water bills. They can’t be evicted because of the moratorium during the pandemic.

One woman who lives there told WCIA she has been paying her water fees to the management company every month, so she is wondering where that money went and what will happen if the bill is not paid by the deadline. She said she has tried to contact the management company but nobody has been in the office.

Eisenhauer says if the company does not pay the bill, they will work with tenants to make sure they are taken care of.

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