(Heartbreaking Video) of Lumberton Texas Mom and 4 Kids Getting Kicked onto Street; Retaliation by Landlord
by David Bellow on June 23, 2011 at 2:52 PM
We have to spread the word and help keep this mother from getting put out on the streets in what seems to be questionable terms by a judge and a slumlord.
Below are two videos of me talking with this mom and her kids at their trailer home. The mother gets choked up talking about how she just does not want her kids to get hurt or anyone else in the trailer park to get hurt because of the safety hazards. This video shows the ceiling caving in and shows the water faucet that does not have a thermostat which means her kids could get scalded by hot water. It shows the light switch where the water flows through causing a shock risk and even shows the toilet paper outside where the sewer leaks. It also shows the windows broken out. This mother is getting evicted simply because she complained about the safety hazards in the rent trailer.
Yesterday I posted this detailed article about a Lumberton, TX Landlord and a Lumberton, TX Justice of the Peace, Butch Cummings, having given a woman and 4 small children 5 days before they are kicked out on the street in an apparently illegal and pre-meditated act of retaliation. The mother is not past due on her rent and is only getting evicted because this concerned mother legally complained about health conditions of her trailer such as deadly mold and open electrical boxes with water flowing through them. When she moved in with her family, the mother was told that the trailer was only “temporary” to begin with. It has just been discovered that it was not even allowed to be rented in the first place because of the city inspection violations. The Fire Marshall even reported that there were over a dozen violations including a life threatening safety risk. The Judge seems to be friends with the landlord and kicked this mother out without a proper hearing and without even listening to the side of the mother or looking at the mother's evidence. Isn't it illegal to evict someone for complaining about health and safety conditions?
Video Part 1
Video Part 2
I have had people ask me why would this mother live there in the first place and also why doesn't she just move to a new place tomorrow. She got trapped into the old switch and bait... she was shown a good trailer when they were moving in but then were put into this "temporary" trailer. They did not know of all the problems at first and they did not expect to be there for long and they could not afford to lose the money they paid the landlord. Once these health problems became aware they started complaining and asked to have the problems fixed or for them to be moved in a trailer without life threatening safety issues. They were denied help and then got an eviction for complaining. They are low income and cannot just get up and move and they fully expected that the landlord would fix the problems. the landlord and the judge are the bad guys. This family just does not have the money to get themselves out of the situation but they are doing their best to cover the problem areas to protect the kids and to file a complaint to have the landlord fix it. It is the landlords responsibility to fix the trailer and it is illegal to evict someone after a health hazard complaint. If this family knew at the beginning that there were so many health problems or that the problems would never be fixed then they would have found somewhere else to live to begin with. It is just another example of low income individuals getting trapped in a situation that they do not have the money to get out of it. To top it off this jusge did not even accept any evidence from this family and told her she had 5 days to leave. She asked for 30 days to the finances together to find another place but she was told to just leave... all because she complained about life threatening conditions. This landlord and judge should be ashamed