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WSSC will cut water to large condo complex in Prince George's County

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Several hundred residents of a troubled condo complex in the Suitland area of Prince George’s County are facing eviction in just over two weeks. The current problem: unpaid water bills.

Normally, a condo complex which is located across the street from a Metro station, would be a very valuable property. But the two buildings in the Lynnhill condo complex are in poor shape. Mailboxes have been vandalized. Some hallways in the seven-story buildings are quite dark. And residents in both buildings tell us the elevators have not worked for years.

At various times over the decades, the condo association has fallen behind in gas, electric, and water bills, according to a document complied by officials in Prince George’s County. And now the water company, WSSC, has said it is owed about a hundred thousand dollars. The utility says water will be cut off at Lynnhill on Monday, March 3.

Residents complain that the management company is not giving them answers. Frank Crawford, who has rented a condo at Lynnhill for the past five years, says he asked the condo’s management company, “Where are we going to go? They said it’s not their problem.”

With no water, starting in two weeks, the seven-story buildings will be uninhabitable. We asked Temperance Davis, a one-year resident, if she has a plan.

“Yes, of course. I got to,” she said.

When asked if she’s looking now, she responded, “Yes, I’m looking now for somewhere to go. Thank God I have relatives.”

Two condo owners who contacted us complained bitterly than they have paid their unit’s fees and extra assessments, and it’s not fair to cut the water off for everyone. But WSSC says big complexes have one water meter, one bill, and this complex has been in arrears for years.

Jerry Irvine, a spokesman for WSSC told us in an interview: “So it’s just an unfair situation for every rate payer if we let certain companies or entities not pay their bill, [then] everyone else foots that bill.”

According to a sign posted on the front door of one of the Lynnhill buildings, the condo board and the management company are aware of the impending water cutoff and are “diligently working to resolve this matter.”

We left several messages with the management company at Lynnhill. They did not return our calls.

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