Judge orders Green Terrace HOA to use reserve funds to pay water bill

Posted at 6:54 PM, Aug 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-15 18:54:41-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla-- After going without running water for week, families at the Green Terrace Condominiums in West Palm Beach are finally getting some relief.

The city shut off the water to the complex after the homeowners' association didn’t pay the bill.

This afternoon a Palm Beach County judge ordered the homeowners association  to dip into its reserve accounts to pay a large percentage of the water bill, and the city says when that happens, it will turn the water back on.

It’s been a rough week for Angela Ciriello and her family and many others neighbors at the Green Terrace condos.

“I don’t have anywhere to go,” said Ciriello. 

Imagine living with no running water.

The City of West Palm Beach turned off the water to the condominium after the homeowners' association didn't to pay the water bill, even after a judge in July order the association to pay.

The homeowners' association argued it didn't have the money to pay the 30 thousand dollar plus bill, blaming a legal battle over costs for a renovation project.

However, the HOA still has thousands of dollars in two separate reserve accounts.

Monday a Palm Beach County judge ordered the association to pay 19 thousand dollars now and put 60 thousand dollars in reserve to pay future water bills.

The association’s lawyers told WPTV they needed the court’s ruling to use those reserves.

“It’s a special account that requires court authorization,” said Geralyn Passaro, the attorney for the Green Terrace HOA.

While the ruling comes as a huge relief to these families, some like Ciriello are still concerned that this is not the end to their problems.