Single mother of 4 faces $17,000 worth of repairs or eviction from Durham home
In July, WRAL News reported on a single mom in Durham who had been living in an apartment so moldy that mushrooms were growing inside. Generous viewers donated $12,000 within a few days to help the mother and her four children. Now, her landlord is demanding $17,000 in repairs or she will be evicted in 10 days.
WORKERS, AND TEACHING ASSISTANT. THE NEXT ONE IS MONDAY AT THREE P.M. AT THE LIBRARY IN GOLDSBORO. >>> LANDLORD THREATENED THIS DURHAM MOTHER WITH EVICTION. YOU MAY RECOGNIZE HER FROM THE STORIES LAST MONTH WHEN WE SHOWED YOU THE MOLD AND MUSHROOMS GROWING IN HER THE HOME AND THAT PRINTED OUTPOURING OF SUPPORT FROM OUR VIEWERS. SARAH KRUEGER HAS STAYED IN TOUCH WITH HER AND JOINS US WITH THE LATEST UPDATE ON HER SITUATION. >> Reporter: SHE IS WORRIED SHE MAY END UP IN COURT. SINCE THE LAST STORY AIRED, SHE'S BEEN LOOKING FOR NEW RENTAL HOME BUT HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIND ONE. NOW HURT LANDLORD TOLD HER TO PAY $17,000 FOR REPAIRS OR GET EVICTED IN 10 DAYS. WE TOLD YOU IN JULY ABOUT HER, HER LIVING SITUATION HAS NOT IMPROVED AND SHE HAS BEEN LOOKING NONSTOP FOR A NEW RENTAL. YET YESTERDAY, SHE GOT A NOTICE FROM HER LANDLORD THAT SHE NEEDED TO PAY $17,000 FOR REPAIRS OR SHE WOULD BE EVICTED. >> WE WILL BE HOMELESS BECAUSE I HAVE NOT FOUND ANYWHERE TO GO. >> Reporter: SHE IS ON ABOUT YOUR PROGRAM AND THAT THERE ARE NOT MANY PLACES THAT ACCEPT IT. >> I WANT A DECENT HOME WITH A DECENT LANDLORD. >> Reporter: I CALLED THE LANDLORD. WHY DO YOU THINK SHE NEEDS TO PAY FOR THE HOME REPAIRS AND NOT YOU? >> SHE DID NOT INFORM ME FOR WEEKS. SHE BASICALLY SAT ON THE PROBLEM FOR A VERY LONG TIME. >> Reporter: SHE CLAIMS SHE WAS NOT TOLD ABOUT THE LEAK THAT LED TO STANDING WATER AND MOLD. YET I HAVE THESE TEXT MESSAGES AND EMAILS SHOWING SHE DID TELL THE LANDLORD AS EARLY AS 2019. LEGALLY IS REPRESENTING HER AND CONFIRMED TO ME THEY ARE FAMILIAR WITH IT AND HAD MULTIPLE CASES AGAINST THE LANDLORD BEFORE. WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THAT? >> USUALLY FOR POOR PEOPLE IN THEY USE IT, IT IS PART OF A BUSINESS. HOYT THINKS HER LANDLORD IS TAKING THIS APPROACH FOR A COUPLE REASONS . ONE, BECAUSE SHE CAME TO THE NEWS AND WENT PUBLIC. SHE ALSO SAID HER LANDLORD LIKELY KNOWS ABOUT THE FUND ME. MANY VIEWERS DONATED AND RAISED $12,000. YOU MAY BE WONDERING ABOUT THE EVICTION MORATORIUM AND IF THAT WOULD APPLY IN THIS CASE. IT DOES NOT BECAUSE THAT IS ONLY FOR PEOPLE BEHIND ON RENT AND THAT IS NOT THE SITUATION