GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A Grand Rapids landlord admits he's left his tenants withoutwater, refusing to pay the service bill.
Todd and Christine Bialas own the home at 501Carrier NE. The home has two apartments and its tenants include awoman who is eight months pregnant and another who has aone-year-old son. The water was shut off on Monday, with an unpaid$900 bill.
24 Hour News 8 caught up with Todd Bialas as he worked at hisused appliance sales store, Near Zero, on Saturday.
Bialas said he was "giving [the home] back to the bank onMonday" and that it wasn't worth it to him to pay the bill. He saidhe felt "really bad" about the situation, but couldn't let aproperty that he is getting rid of drive him further into debt.
When asked about the tenants who had paid for water service withtheir rent money, Bialas said he'd worked out a deal with one, butthe other one, Sierra Moch, hadn't paid him rent..
Moch, however, said she paid him two months rent up front andthat she was six weeks into that agreement. With bottled water inhand,
"We take bathroom breaks at McDonalds," she explained.
Moch said her phone calls to Bialas about the shut off waterhave gone ignored. She is looking for another place to stay.
The house on Carrier NE is the last of the Bialas' numerousproperties. All are now abandoned and in some form of foreclosure.
Bialas said he's looking forward to washing his hands of therental property business.
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