Elderly woman evicted after complaining about cockroaches

Elderly woman evicted after complaining about cockroaches


PEOPLE INSIDE OF MOTHER EMANUEL CHURCH. HIS TRIAL WAS SET TO BEGIN NOVEMBER 7TH. A 73-YEAR-OLD WOMAN SAYS HER RENTAL PROPERTY IS INFESTED WITH COCKROACHES, BUT SAYS HER LANDLORD CHALKS IT UP TO LIVING THIS THE SOUTH. SHE WROTE TO THE NEWS 2I TEAM TO ASK FOR HELP. WE WENT TO HER MOBILE HOME IN NORTH CHARLESTON AND JOINS WITH US MORE. Reporter: THIS IS JUST A SAMPLE OF THE COCKROACHES CRAWLING AROUND THE HOME. THEY HAVE BEEN THERE SINCE SHE MOVED IN THREE YEARS AGO AND HER LANDLORD HAS DONE LITTLE TO HELP. HIS EXPLANATION IS WE LIVE IN THE SOUTH SO THERE’S A LOT OF PALMETTO BUGS, I TOLD THEM WERE NOT PALMETTO BUGS BUT ROACHES. THEY WERE HERE BEFORE I MOVED INTO THE TRAILER. THEY WERE IN THE CABINETS IN THE REFRIGERATOR AND CRAWLING IN THE WALL. THEY DROP DOWN FROM THE CEILING. SHE USED BUG BOMBS AND SPRAY. SHE IS GOING THROUGH CANCER TREATMENT FOR LYMPHOMA AND NOW THESE BUGS AND THE BOMBS ARE HAZARDOUS TO HER HEALTH. THE LANDLORD SAYS THE BUGS ARE NOT HIS PROBLEMS. SHE’S RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BUGS. WE DELIVERED IT TO HER WITHOUT BUGS. REALLY I’M NOT GOING TO GET INVOLVED WITH TREATING THIS. THAT’S NOT ALL. DIANE SAYS SHE HAS NUMEROUS LEAKS FROM WINDOWS AND DOORS THAT HAVEN’T BEEN FIXED AND WHEN HER DISHWASHER LEAKED THE FLOOR WAS NOT EXPECT AND SHE FELL THROUGH A WEAK SPOT. I FELL THROUGH THE FLOOR, IT WAS LIKE THAT FOR A COUPLE OF MONTHS UNTIL MY SON-IN-LAW COULD COME AT HIS EXPENSE HE BOUGHT SUBFLOORING AND COVERED UP THE FLOOR. THE LANDLORD SAID HE DIDN’T KNOW. IT WAS BAD COMMUNICATIONS ON HER PART ABOUT PROBLEMS SHE HAD. SHE WOULD ONLY TELL THE LANDLORD ONE TIME ABOUT THE ISSUES, BECAUSE THAT’S ALL IT SHOULD TAKE. YOU HAVE TO KEEP ON ME, HE SAID I HAVE A LOT OF PROPERTIES, YOU HAVE TO KEEP ON ME SO I DON’T FORGET THESE THINGS. THINGS WEREN’T GETTING BETTER AND SHE SENT THE LETTER AND SHE SAID SHE WAS GOING TO STOP PAYING RENT UNTIL THE THINGS ARE FIXED. I DON’T WANT TO PAY THE RENT UNTIL THESE ARE FIXED. THE JUDGE RULED SHE HAS TO LEAVE IN TEN DAYS. I’M ON SOCIAL SECURITY THE CHEAPEST PLACE FOR A ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT IS $700. SHE SAYS SHE HAS NOWHERE TO GO. I WANT TO GET OUT, THERE’S NOTHING THEY CAN DO TO MAKE THIS PARTICULAR UNIT HABITABLE. NOW, DIANE TELLS ME SHE IS ON A WAITING LIST FOR SENIOR