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Luxury Living For Life O’Riley Manager; Other Park Tenants Live Without Water

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UPDATE - According to a Shady Acres resident the water has been turned on as of 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

FLINT, Mich. (WLNS) – Tenants at the Shady Acres Mobile Home Park in Flint run by Life O’Riley manager Steve Ramirez said on Tuesday  there have been some shady happenings at their park, which led to water being cut off to all residents.

“We’re paying our bills and he’s not paying his bills,” said resident Amanda Kaake.

City records show the park owes more than $106,000 in bills. Last month, the city of Flint posted notices throughout the park letting tenants know the water bills were delinquent, and that service would soon be shut off is payments weren’t made. Residents lost running water on Monday. City spokesman Jason Lorenz said service will be restored if park management pays half the bill.

“We’re collecting rain water to flush our toilets,” said Kaake.

Ramirez said on Tuesday he expects the water will be back on Wednesday. He said a problem with the way the meters were read led to the billing issues.

This situation is not the first major management problem Ramirez has faced. In February, the Ingham County Health Department condemned the Life O’Riley Mobile Home Park in Lansing for unsanitary conditions. That condemnation order gave roughly 200 residents just ten days to pack up and move out.

A 6 News investigation also revealed Ramirez’s connection to other parks in Michigan and Florida, all of which have had serious problems with either raw sewage, infrastructure or overdue bills, according to records.

And while tenants in Ramirez-run parks either lived or live in filth, another 6 News investigation revealed Ramirez himself lives in a half-million dollar gated community in Florida. Business records also show an address listed for Tormenta Property Holdings LLC, of which he is named a registered agent, is a million dollar condominium also located in Florida.

“How fair is that to us?” asked Nicole Cruz, a former resident of Life O’Riley Mobile Home Park. “Even though we live in a trailer park, don’t mean we got to live like trash.”

Emerald Morrow is a reporter with WLNS-TV. Like her on Facebook, Follow her on Twitter or email her at emorrow@wlns.com.
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