5 Days Without Water

Apartment complex residents say they're living in slumlord conditions

By Steven Luke
|  Thursday, May 5, 2011  |  Updated 9:59 PM PDT
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Imagine going the better part of five days without water during a heat spell because your landlord didn't pay the bill.

Tenants living at a Logan Heights apartment complex are furious after their water was turned off from Friday to Tuesday.

"This is ridiculous, and now I can say this month we're not going to pay our rent," said tenant Gloria Salas.  "It's really unfair, 5 days without water, and all this other stuff?"

Salas and other tenants say they've been advised by community activists to not pay their rent until they speak with an attorney.

The water was turned off without notice, said the complex's owner, who contends she was behind on only one payment because of a disputed bill.

Not the case, according to the San Diego City Water Department. 

A spokesperson says the owner hadn't paid since November and owed more than $4,800 dollars after 3three bounced checks.

"Now that we didn't have water, now you know how important it is," said tenant Lupe Montes.

Tenants say the water problem was the final straw after many reports of problems including leaky ceilings, cockroaches, mold and at least 10 stray cats living in a junk pile on the property.

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