A Pearl woman is faced with a nearly $1,300 water bill and she says it's her landlord's responsibility.
Qutonda Myers called Three On Your Side after repeated attempts to get her landlord to cover her high water bills after a leak was found in her apartment.
Myers says, the leak was not her fault and she should not have to come up with the money to get her water turned back on.
"Why are you still trying to stick me with this water bill? It's your problem, not mine," said Myers.
Would you pay as much for water as you do for your monthly house or apartment bill? Myers' recent water bills are $591 and a second bill for nearly $1,300.
"It was one of the toilets coming from my apartment that was leaking and I didn't know it... and I reported it to Tanja Adams and Associates", said Myers. "They told me they were going to take care of the leak, but they waited three months to come out here and do it."
Myers says because of this leak, her water bill continues to skyrocket. Late payments and non-payments have made her bill impossible to pay.
Myers says the water department did give her a four hundred dollar credit, but she believes, because she is renting, her landlord is responsible.
Myers says, "I don't think I'm obligated to pay anything because this is her building, she's the landlord. That's not on me because my water would have been on if I didn't have a leak."
Myers showed us documents that she says are proof she notified Adams and Associates about the problem, but the company refuses to pay up.
Myers says she is so fed up with the problem she called her landlord asking to get out of her lease.
"I called her today to see if she would let me out of my lease because I have two children, I am a single mother of two children, I go to school and I am on a fixed income and she wouldn't hear me," said Myers. "She even hung up the phone in my face."
I did reach out to Adams and Associates about this issue, but my calls have not yet been returned.
According to Mississippi law, a landlord must make repairs if the rental agreement states the landlord will make repairs. However, the law does not state who is responsible for a bill, in this case, a water bill.
But, the law does say the tenant has the right to bring a suit against the landlord if there are disputes.
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