A WOMAN was given a two-day notice to replace her carpets, suddenly faced eviction and had to live out of her car.
Della Van Antwerp, of the Oak Hills West Apartments in Lorain, Ohio, was served her eviction notice after returning home from the hospital.
Over a dozen residents were victims of severe flooding following severe weather in the area on August 23-24.
Van Antwerp said Fox 8: “The flooding was pretty bad.
“First I was told they were going to replace all of our carpets, and then after I got out of the hospital I was told I was now being evicted because my apartment was unlivable.”
The residents of 18 apartments were given until September 30th to leave their homes.
“I am very confused. I don’t know how we went from a two-day announcement to replace the carpet to an announcement and order that I had to move out,” Van Antwerp said.
She added: “I don’t understand why I can’t be put up in a hotel or something while my apartment is repaired and I’m allowed to return home.”
“I planted flowers, I decorated the front of my building. I mean, this is my home.”
Residents are hoping to be relocated, as Van Antwerp told the news outlet that she was aware of at least one person being moved to another unit.
“Please, somehow, some way, for example – I’m willing to put my stuff in storage so you can fix my apartment and let me come home,” Van Antwerp said tearfully to building managers.
“I can’t go anywhere… I’ll probably live in my car.”
Despite finding another apartment, Van Antwerp said those within her budget were on waiting lists for over a year.
Additionally, Oak Hills West will hold security deposits until residents move out.
But residents breathed a sigh of relief when United Property Management, which was listed on the eviction notices, saw the story about Van Antwerp’s struggles.
She told Fox News on Friday: “I found out I was allowed to stay in my apartment. We can all stay.”
However, this means repairs will take longer and building managers will have to make various arrangements to make it work.
“I don’t think they realized how hard it was to find apartments out here, and management worked their magic, and Vivian, our apartment manager here, worked her magic, and we can all say that,” said Van Antwerp.
“I’m so grateful to them right now. Thank you, thank you for listening to us, thank you for helping us.”