Green Terrace tenants must move out after water is turned off

Posted at 12:28 AM, Aug 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 00:28:28-04

Tenant Aura Cortez is getting ready to move. "Packing, looking for a place to go,"  she says.

Cortez can't believe the notice the city of West Palm Beach put on her door of unsafe conditions.

All of the condo's tenants must move out. The city turned off the water on Tuesday. Another resident, Angela Ciriello told us, "I'm going to have to relocate. My whole family will have to relocate." 

The issue is over an unpaid water bill totaling nearly $30,000.

Jeff Green, the administrator for the City of West Palm Beach,  "The homeowner's association has not paid their water bill and we were put into a position where we had to cut them off. We gave them a number of chances to try to work out a payment plan, and haven't been able to come up with an agreement."

But the condo association president, Sandra Matus, says there's more to the story.

She did not want to go on camera, but claims a lawsuit from a few condo owners over renovation costs has "put a lock on the association's ability to collect proper funds to run the business.

If the courts injunction is lifted, the water bill would be paid that day."

For tenants like Cortez, it boils down to where they will live now. "We all have to move."

The resident will have to move out by next week.