Published: Mar 24, 2011 12:36 AM EDT
Updated: Mar 23, 2011 9:47 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- About 20 families in Charlotte County say they feel like they have been left out to dry.

The water was shut off in over 20 rental units after the owner failed to pay the bill.

“I went out to turn on the sink to do the dishes and there was no water,” resident Rusty Jones said.

The small one bedroom apartment he shares with his girlfriend and five other units in his complex have no water at all.

Just down the road on Seneca Avenue, another 15 or so units owned by the same company Merod L.L.C. out of Miami are also without water after their bill was not paid.

“I have no idea why the water is off when we moved out here we were told that the water is included with the rent,” said Kurt Teeter, who rents a small unit and shares it with his wife and three children.

Teeter said that he has paid his rent and there is no reason for the water to be shut off.

WINK News called Merod L.L.C. Today and no one answered the phone. WINK discovered that both properties are in foreclosure and that Merod has filed for bankruptcy.

Charlotte Harbor Water Association who is in charge of those accounts told WINK that the outstanding balance on the account combined with the fact that they can not establish who is responsible for the properties are the two reasons that the water was shut off.

The Charlotte County Health Department indicated that they would be sending someone over to the apartments just to make sure that everyone was ok and to see what they could do to help get the situation resolved