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NY1 For You: Water Bill Woes Have Dried Up for S.I. Condo Owners

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Some Staten Island condo owners claimed they were being penalized by the city for a debt they didn't owe and turned to NY1 for some help. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following "NY1 For You" report.

Several condo owners on Staten Island say they're relieved to be rid of a draining situation. Last week, condo owners at Hills North Condos told NY1 they were all being held accountable for one condo owner's water bill debt which ran into the thousands, even though each condo has its own water meter and account and everyone is billed separately based on usage.

"This is not my water bill, it's not any of our water bills except the person who used the water, who should be paying it not us," said Judy, a condo owner.

"Don't make their problem my problem," said Michael Dellacroce, another condo owner.

It was a problem that not only attached debt to their credit but also put a lien on their homes.

"I'm going to be putting my house on the market in a couple of months and if there's an outstanding lien that's going to ruin any chance I have of selling my home," said Judy.

NY1 contacted the city Department of Environmental Protection and after looking into the situation they found some of the condos' water meters were not registered separately so they worked with owners to sort it out.

"We have to thank you so so much. None of this would have been rectified without your help," said Judy.

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