A RESIDENT has accused her landlord of evicting her apartment after complaining about blocked sewers, burglaries and mould.
Torie Vance said the horror began last year when her home in Charlotte, North Carolina, was flooded.
The flooding left her home covered in mold, which reportedly caused health problems for her newborn baby and other children.
“I now have a chronic mold problem that causes discomfort to my smaller baby more than any other, but also to my other children,” Vance told the ABC affiliate WSOC.
Shortly thereafter, she informed authorities that two people had broken into her home.
The flooding also caused problems with the plumbing, with sewage backing up in her bathtub and toilet.
She said the condition of the apartment made her physically weak.
“It had gotten that bad,” she said.
Vance claims that three weeks have passed without anyone from Atlantic Pacific Apartment Management coming to fix the problem.
Fed up with the state of her home, she ended up paying $800 to find someone to fix the plumbing problems.
“They had told her that they would offset all of her rent by the amount she had to pay out of pocket to repair the apartment,” her attorney, Cameron DeBrun, said.
“They never did.”
The attorney said his client refused to pay the rent until she received the refund and the landlord started eviction proceedings.
“Oh my god, it’s so frustrating,” she said.
The resident has filed a countersuit, saying the company is allegedly evicting her in retaliation for her grievances.
“It was a nightmare for this family,” the attorney said.
The US Sun has reached out to Atlantic Pacific Management for comment on the incident.
For residents at risk of eviction, it’s important to know your rights and seek advice from a lawyer.
In some cities there are rent concessions for people with low incomes.
Other states like Michigan, New York, New Mexico, and Indiana offer temporary eviction protections that give residents time to raise money and pay off debts.
Paying the rent on time and staying in touch with the building owners is the most important thing to avoid conflicts between your landlord.
The eviction comes after a military veteran filed a lawsuit after his landlord illegally tried to evict him without giving a reason.
And one family feels evicted from their home because they’ve been complaining to the landlord about their broken appliances.