Scammers Harm Family — Who Need a Place to Live

A woman moved her family into a house in Southwest Detroit, paying a month’s rent and a security deposit only to find that the landlord’s promises to finish the work on the house were just that—promises. There is no working furnace and no heat! When she demanded that the elusive Big Time Home Improvements L.L.S. fulfill its commitment, they wanted her out, and even came to the house unannounced to show it to another possible Withrenter!

The family needs to move from what is an uninhabitable house, with significant black mold, leaking water in the basement, holes in walls and uncovered electrical outlets. But Big Time Home Improvements L.L.S. doesn’t want to return her money!

With the funds are tied up in the house, she doesn’t have the money to secure another place. Yet she desperately needs to move her family!

The City Inspector’s office considers the house a “vacant” property and encouraged her to file a police report. At this stage it is unclear whether the company manages or owns the property. If they do, she may be able to sue on the basis of a “constructive” eviction charge that could result in return of her money and possible damages. If they are falsely representing themselves, this would result in a fraud charge.

The woman came to Detroit Eviction Defense and we are attempting to help her locate housing and emergency aid to be able to move into a secure home. Agencies that do aid people who need and qualify for low-income housing have long waiting lists and of course rents have skyrocketed in Detroit. If you know of a 2- or 3-bedroom home available at an affordable price, contact Detroit Eviction Defense! Call 313-530-0216 or email detroitevictiondefense@gmail.com.

The family has been scammed! This case illustrates why registration and compliance rules for landlords is a positive tool for renters.

 

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