Owner ordered to pay after tenants left without water for months

Posted Nov. 10, 2011, at 11:04 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The owner of an Augusta mobile-home park has been ordered to pay former tenants $4,500 for his failure to repair burst pipes, which forced residents to carry water to their homes and empty toilets by hand for months.

The payment was ordered by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, which ruled Tuesday on an appeal filed by former tenants who sued landlord John Mulholland.

The court determined that a couple in their 70s who lived in the park were entitled to the money for the nine months of inconveniences.

The park’s pipes froze in December 2008 and the toilet failed in March 2009.

The park no longer exists.

Mulholland’s lawyer tells the Kennebec Journal his client will comply with the court order.

 

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