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City locks out Raleigh renter after storm

Posted April 22, 2011

— Since Saturday's violent storms sent a tree crashing through the roof of her Brentwood Road apartment, Sonja Orr has been locked out. She, her boyfriend and their children have been staying at a Super 8.  

Orr had renter's insurance to protect her belongings, but when she returned to retrieve them, she found blue tape and a sign that read "Unsafe Building" on the door. Her key wouldn't work in the new locks.

unsafe, condemned Raleigh renter locked out after storm

"It's very frustrating," she said. "The building is not going to collapse or anything, so I don't understand why we can't get the rest of our stuff."

Managers of the Stony Brook Apartments sent her a letter ending her lease. It explains that, when a property is deemed uninhabitable, the lease is automatically void. 

"I'm homeless," Orr said. "I've paid rent until the 30th of the month." Stony Brook will apply that rent toward her hotel stay but won't let her and her family back in once repairs are made.

"Why can't they just put me up in a hotel until they repair the place and let me continue my lease," she wondered.

The Raleigh Housing Authority, which owns Stony Brook Apartments, was closed Friday for the holiday. 

Orr is apartment hunting, and she said her insurance will pay for about a month in a hotel until she finds a new home.

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  • NCSU2311 Apr 25, 11:40 a.m.

    And they will let her in but she needs someone from the city to walk them through the structure to ensure their safety.
    Mazdaspeed
    GOLO member since January 31, 2008

    Oh look. Its big gov holding our hands through life. Thanks daddy!!

  • LambeauSouth Apr 25, 9:05 a.m.

    will she sign a waiver of liability if she is injured in any way while on or inside the property? what if it did collapse or something fell on her when a door was opened....anything can happen and she could sue. sorry but liability is a huge problem right now.

    Sorry but it's her property, I say use the renters insurance and claim total loss, take your check and move elsewhere.

  • Mazdaspeed Apr 22, 7:42 p.m.

    And they will let her in but she needs someone from the city to walk them through the structure to ensure their safety.

  • Mazdaspeed Apr 22, 7:41 p.m.

    Unsafe Building: "All buildings or structures which have any or all of the following defects shall be deemed "unsafe buildings" within the definition of and in addition to G.S. 160A-426:

    (a)

    Those buildings which have parts thereof which are so attached that they may fall and injure members of the public or damage public or private property.

    (b)

    Those buildings which because of their condition are unsanitary or unsafe to the public.

    (c)

    Those buildings which are especially liable to fire including, but not limited to, those which are unoccupied and are not adequately secured against entry by unauthorized persons. "

    Why must people be so ignorant when someone is clearly just trying to keep them safe? If they hadn't done that and she and her family walked inside to retrieve belongings and a sheet of plywood or 2x4 hit someone in the head; they'd be the first to sue the city for not "protecting" them. I love people like this, everything is always a big conspiracy!

  • workingforthosethatwont Apr 22, 7:41 p.m.

    will she sign a waiver of liability if she is injured in any way while on or inside the property? what if it did collapse or something fell on her when a door was opened....anything can happen and she could sue. sorry but liability is a huge problem right now.

  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Apr 22, 7:37 p.m.

    they won't let her in to get her things? now that's sad!