In Miami, is it legal to disconnect the water on tenant-occupied properties?
I have an empty property in foreclosure in the city of Miami with average water bills for the last five years of about $50, which I could manage. All of a sudden without leaks or remodeling I got a $2,000 bill followed by a $6,000 bill. I went to the city several times and followed instructions to test the facility; I was never told I needed a city-certified plumber.
A plumber inspected the property in and out over a period of several months and never found any problem. I requested a court date and lost because my witness wasn’t city certified. An $8,500 lien was placed on the property and the city cut off the water in my four other tenant-occupied properties, whose water payments were up to date.
Tenants are now facing hygienic and health problems. Is it moral or legal?
Carlos Mejias, Miami