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PHOENIX -

The water is back on at a Phoenix apartment complex that was left high and dry by the owners, who had been skipping out on their water bill.

Friday, the owners made a partial payment on the $50,000 bill. But if they don't cough up more money, the water will be shut off again.

Today's minimum payment brings a glimmer of hope to residents, but if a good faith payment isn't made by Wednesday, they'll once again be without water by Thursday.

"Are we going to be locked out, are we going to have water, what are we going to do," wonders Tiana Sueing, tenant at Mirabella.

With questions on her mind and her young nephew in her arms, Tiana Sueing lined up with dozens of other tenants at 5 a.m. outside an abandoned leasing office.

"I mean Christmas is coming up, thanksgiving, we got turkeys to buy, it's stressful."

Sueing paid her rent through January. Now she's wondering if she'll ever see her $1,000 back -- and if she'll have to spend even more money moving to another apartment complex.

Neighborhood service counselors came out to help tenants figure out their next step if water is cut off again on the 14th.

"Some of the ways you can move forward is to terminate the lease without penalty, sue for damages, seek substitute housing or a hotel," says Sharron Sauls, City of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Landlord and Tenant counselor.

Not only is Neighborhood Services providing counseling to tenants, they're also doing an investigation on the property.

"We'll talk to residents, take a look at property and any evidence we obtain we refer to the prosecutor's office," says Patrick Ravenstein, Phoenix Neighborhood Services.

"It's almost 600 people in these apartments, I mean hopefully they'll be able to help us," says Sueing.

SK Investments LLC handles this property. We tried calling them all day and couldn't find any numbers that still work.

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