2 Atlanta Military veterans say they’re nonetheless paying for rental home after tree fell on it – WSB-TV Channel 2

Now, they inform Channel 2′s Courtney Francisco that they’ll’t afford to maneuver out of the soggy, broken home.

Talking with Francisco, Christman Hampton mentioned after the tree fell on the home, he jumped into motion to ensure everybody received out safely.

“It was only a super factor, and it occurred in the course of the night time, and everybody was scared,” Velma Robinson mentioned.

5 days after the tree fell, it’s been faraway from the house. Nevertheless, a tarp is overlaying holes within the partitions, and a big tree department stays lodged within the eating room ceiling.

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Now, Robinson’s concern turns to paying lease from a home with large holes in it whereas paying for a brand new place to remain.

“There’s no cash to spare in any respect,” Robinson mentioned.

She and her husband, Christman Hampton, are each Military Veterans. She served in Iraq and Afghanistan and he served in Desert Storm. They had been each disabled and reside on a hard and fast earnings.

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“I don’t know the place we will flip,” Robinson mentioned.

The tree fell ahead from the yard of the rental house. Now, the left facet of the home wants repairs, the fencing exterior and each the back and front yards want cleansing up. Inside, the house additionally wants cleansing and repairs.

Sheetrock and insulation litter the house.

Channel 2 Shopper Advisor Clark Howard mentioned landlords mustn’t ask you to pay lease throughout these sort of huge repairs. When you do pay lease, they need to have a comparable place so that you can keep till repairs are full.

“What’s truthful and correct on this state of affairs? The tenant is paying lease for one thing they can not use, and it’s not the tenants’ fault. The owner has a duty to a tenant to both give them a cost vacation on lease till it’s occupiable, once more, give them a spot to reside till it’s occupiable once more or give them a cost allowance to reside someplace else and so they proceed to pay lease to the owner,” Howard mentioned.

He suggests renters on this state of affairs write an e-mail and ship an authorized letter by way of the U.S. Postal Service. In that letter, it is best to listing the date the home turned unable to be occupied and inform the owner you want alternate housing or funding to search out your personal momentary housing.

“You set the shoe on the opposite foot,” Howard mentioned.

If landlords refuse to work with tenants, the Georgia Landlord-Tenant Handbook says to tell the owner you’ll rent contractors to make the repairs and deduct the associated fee out of your lease. You have to put this in writing and, ideally, the owner would agree earlier than you start repairs.

If a house is uninhabitable, you possibly can transfer out. There’s a catch, although. Landlords can nonetheless ask you to pay lease for the rest of the lease and take you to court docket if you don’t pay. A decide will then resolve if it’s worthwhile to pay the owner.

In Robinson’s case, she’s bored with residing underneath a tarp. She’s simply uneasy in regards to the alternate options.

“It’s very disturbing to assume that we might doubtlessly have nowhere to go,” Robinson advised Channel 2 Motion Information.

The household has arrange an internet site for personal donations to assist them transfer.

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