LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - UPDATE MAY 3: Michele Flemate says just hours after Contact 13 exposed a serious plumbing problem at her rented condominium she was given a 30-day eviction notice.
The eviction notice says she has to be out by May 31, 2018. Michele says she called the property manager who explained to her the owner's desire to sell the unit.
Contact 13 called the property manager who said Michele's lease ends at the end of the month and the owner was being forced to sell the unit because the complex near Buffalo and Alta has a limit on the percentage of units that are rented.
Michele says spiritual direction from a higher power told her to pay the deductible for the home warranty to fix the plumbing problem and she will pay her full rent for May.
Michele says she plans to take the eviction order up with a judge.
ORIGINAL STORY: A Las Vegas woman desperate for running water is cleaning dishes in her bathtub.
Michele Flemate says the problems started a year and a half ago when her kitchen sink sprang a leak and water came pouring out of the pipes underneath. She says she alerted her landlord's property management company.
"I am disabled, and it's really hard for me to carry that much water back-and-forth to the sink," explained Michele when asked why she washes dishes in the bathtub.
Contact 13 reached out to Michele's property manager, who said that it's up to Michele to get a hold of the home warranty company to take care of the plumbing problem. He also said she has to pay the deductible per their rental agreement.
But Michele disagrees, saying that deal is not in her lease.
Contact 13 also reached out to a tenant rights expert. She said that by law Nevada landlords must fix things like running water within 48 hours, regardless of any home warranty situation.She says Michele is likely within her legal right to withhold her rent until her sink is fixed.