Utilities at Pine Creek apartments will remain on

By: lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com
May 1, 2014 Updated: May 1, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Gas and water will not be shut off to residents at a Colorado Springs apartment complex managed by a landlord who had not paid the bill, Colorado Springs Utilities officials said Thursday.

Resident Management Systems, which manages the Pine Creek Village apartments on Chapman Drive, off south Murray Boulevard, reached an agreement with the utility, said Utilities spokesman Steve Berry.

"As a community-owned utility, we understand this situation has been extremely stressful for tenants and we are pleased that the issue has been resolved," Berry said in a statement.

The announcement comes several weeks after scores of residents received notices warning that services would be shut off in 30 days if the bill was not paid.

Earlier in the month, Berry told the Gazette that the situation with the property management company, owned by Terry Ragan, was unprecedented. He also said that unpaid bills have been an issue with the company on and off for years. While some units have their own individual electric meters and are billed directly for utilities, units with shared meters pay for their gas and water with the rent. The landlord is responsible for paying those bills.

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