LAKEWOOD - Residents of a Lakewood apartment building are facing an uncertain future.
Their building has been foreclosed. Nobody is managing the property, and their utilities are in danger of being disconnected.
Residents sent a newstip about problems at the property which is located on the 1600 block of Jay Street near Colfax Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard.
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For residents like John Kraus, the problems are piling up.
"It's been a nightmare. I want to pull my hair out," Kraus said.
Kraus says the nightmare began after the building's owner Stephanie Gray died unexpectedly.
Her estranged husband Troy Gray was the property manager, but his phone number is now disconnected, and residents have been unable to reach him.
Jefferson County records show the apartments are in foreclosure.
Nobody is managing the building or paying shared utilities included in the rent.
"Water, gas, trash ... just the basic necessities for living," Kraus said.
Kraus' rent is paid in advance through October, but now he and others are getting disconnection notices.
"What's going on? What's going to happen to us? We're disabled," resident Barbara Salas said.
Salas says another resident, claiming to be the building manager, has been collecting rent money.
She showed 9NEWS receipts proving she paid $550 to Lisa Cazeras in June.
9NEWS found out Wells Fargo owns the building, and with no property manager, nobody is authorized to collect rent.
When 9NEWS asked Cazeras what she did with the rent money she collected, her reply was "I kept it."
Cazeras says Gray told her she's in charge of the building and claims she used the rent money to pay the water bill. Receipts provided by Kraus show the water bill is $166, while Cazeras collected $550.
When asked what happened to the rest of the money, Cazeras replied "I used the money ... for things that we have to pay for."
Cazeras could not provide receipts or any documentation that she's the official manager.
Even though the bill is unpaid, 9NEWS called Xcel, and the company agreed not to shut off the shared gas service - giving residents like Kraus time to figure out where they go from here.
"That's a big relief right now," Kraus said. "I really don't think we can get much further down."
There are still many unanswered questions, including what will happen in the coming months as residents wonder if they'll be forced to move and find new places to live.
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