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Landlady fed up with protected tenants

May 22, 2020

The following letter was sent to Gov. John Carney with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication.

I have called your office several times and it seems I have just been wasting my time and energy. You make a big announcement that renters do not have to pay rent and cannot be evicted even if it has nothing to do with the virus. Did you stop to think about the people who own the property and depend on that income?

Let me tell you a little story about a renter that you should have to deal with. For the last year, he has been very sporadic paying rent. Last summer he let two people move in with two dogs without permission. He finally paid half of December rent. I have not received any rent since.

In February he was arrested for heroin, but after a short time in jail, he came up with money for bail. He is again back in my property, and all kinds of vehicles and people are in and out constantly. In fact, two more people have moved  in. I can’t decide if he is running a drug house or a whorehouse.

Oh, but I’m not allowed to interfere. Still I have not received any rent and my hands are tied and can do nothing because you decided I should give up my income and provide a free home for someone who is into drugs and to use my property as he pleases.

In the meantime I have to pay for insurance and taxes on this same property, so in other words, I have to pay for him to stay in my property for free. It seems there is something wrong with this picture. When I get arrested for harboring people involved with drugs on my property, I am sure I can depend on you to come to my defense.

Charlotte Hart
Lewes

 

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