Family won’t have to leave home for the Holidays
A single mother and her three kids won't be losing their apartment this holiday season.
Tanya told us after her son was caught stealing a pair of shoes her landlords said the criminal activity was grounds for eviction.
But today we're told the family can remain in their apartment.
After fears of a possible eviction Tanya Abbey and her kids found out they won't be going anywhere, but to understand the full story we take you back a couple of weeks.
The family says the ordeal began when 13-year-old Oran had cold feet and got caught shoplifting a pair of shoes from Kmart.
A couple days later his mother, Tanya Abbey, says she went to her leasing office to sign some general paperwork when her landlords approached her about the theft.
"Right after I told them what happened they told me well that's grounds for eviction and we're going to give you the option of moving out in 30 days or face eviction on your record, she said I'm sorry there’s nothing we can do we can't be lenient on some and not with others, we need to follow the rules with every person," said Tanya.
A week later Tanya received a notice on her door.
The notice stated that Tanya owed Garden Village over $500 in rent and late charges.
It also stated that Tanya was in violation of her lease for "criminal activity on or near the premises." The demand for compliance ordered Tanya within three days of the notice to, "either comply or deliver to the landlord possession" of the apartment.
After reading the section about criminal activity, Tanya says she assumed the statement was in regards to her son's shoplifting incident because, she says, there hasn't been any other recent criminal activity.
When Tanya and her mother Yvonne Shields went to the apartment offices to complete the payment on her rent today, they both say they received some shocking news.
Shields said, "They said now everything is void, and I said, you mean she's not evicted? She said no, she's paid her rent. Tanya was upset and let, and I said you dragged my daughter under the bus, you put her through all of this just to pay the rent?"
"I was just dumb founded, I got up and I had to walk out, I was like I can't talk to nobody else anymore," said Tanya.
Director of Housing Resources of Western Colorado, Dan Whalen, said he doesn't believe the landlords told Tanya that she was going to be evicted.
He also sent out a press release today stating that, "Under no circumstances will any tenant at this project be required to vacate prior to or during the upcoming holidays." Seeming to contradict the notice issued to the abbey family.
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