Our problems started from the very beginning when we moved in, February 2013. Within 2 weeks, our roof leaked in about 20 different places. I told Frank Moneymaker right away and a few days later he sent the Maintenance man down to paint some tar on it. The next time it rained, it of course leaked again. One more time the maintenance man did the same thing with the bucket of tar and again it leaked. I complained over and over again, but no one ever came back out to fix it. The leaks were so bad; we had to re-arrange our furniture, bed, TVs, etc so it didn’t get ruined. I am attaching pics of the leaks.
In addition to the major roof leaks, we had NO heat. We were told that the pellet stove in our unit was going to be fixed since they removed the furnace due to it not working. After being here for over a month, and complaining over and over since our house was about 30 degrees, the manager, Frank Moneymaker, did come look at the pellet stove. He could not figure out how to fix it. I suggested that they call someone who repairs pellet stoves but I was told “we can’t spend money on that”. We were given 2 really old kerosene heaters which were not capable of heating the house to a tolerable temperature. They also both smoked so badly that they turned portions of the ceiling black, constantly made our smoke detector go off and I could not breathe due to my asthma. We were told that in the spring they would be putting in a new furnace, which never happened and since it was the end of the winter, we dealt with the lack of heat thinking it would be taken care of before the next winter. That never happened. When the weather started getting cold again, we complained again about not having heat and was told they would be taking care of the issue.
I asked Mr. Moneymaker at the end of Oct when the heat issue was going to be taken care of and was told we needed to wait until after they collected the rent from everyone is the park for November. I was completed fed up at this point and re-submitted the complaint to the County that I originally submitted in Sept but never heard back from anyone. This time I was contacted by The Code and Inspections Dept and an inspection was set up for November 14th. On Nov. 12th, we were given 1 kerosene heater. Kerosene heaters do NOT meet the minimum livability requirement because they are not able to maintain the minimum temperature of 65 degrees, plus you cannot run them when you are sleeping or when you are not home. We have a dog, 2 birds and a fish tank so we would need to have heat for not only us but our animals also.
I went down to the Park office and delivered a letter stating we were having an inspection on November 14th and we were applying to the court to have our rent put in escrow. We were served with a 30 day eviction notice 2 days later which is supposed to be illegal to retaliate against tenants for contacting the inspector and Frank also filed a non-payment of rent with the court. The inspector came out to our home on Nov 14th and found several violations…Roof leaks, lack of heat, plumbing issues, and soft spots in the floor. A letter was issued to Mr. Moneymaker stating he needed to contact the Inspection office within 14 days so an Inspector could meet him at the property to show him what needed to be repaired.
That meeting took place on December 5th. A letter was sent giving Mr. Moneymaker 5 days to repair the heat and 30 days to make the other repairs or a civil citation would be issued. No repairs were ever made and after emailing Joe over and over to find out where we were at with things a civil citation was issued 2 months later and NO REPAIRS were ever made.
We went to court in the middle of November in front of Judge Riddle who postponed the hearing telling me to file a breach of lease against the landlord. A week later we went back to court in front of Judge Saunders, who postponed the hearing again saying I should not have filed a breach of lease against the landlord and had me file a rent escrow. 2 Weeks later on December 10th, we went back in front of Riddle, who at that time threw out Mr. Moneymakers nonpayment of rent for the months of November & December with no rent needing to be put into escrow. Mr. Moneymaker stated in court that he could not repair the roof while people were living in the home and Judge Riddle ordered us to vacate in 30 days. The roof just needed to be completed replaced from the outside which does not affect us at all living in the home.
Judge Riddle did not order any repairs to be made until we vacated the home. I appealed the decision because we feel like Mr. Moneymaker should have been ordered to make the repairs, not kick us out for trying to protect our rights by contacting the county about the conditions. We are set to go to court on February 13th.
In the beginning of January 2014, our pipes had frozen not only because it was so cold out, but we had no heat. We were living in 1 bedroom with our dog, birds and fish, running a propane heater. When the weather warmed up, the pipe under the kitchen sink busted. I called the emergency number, which is Mr. Moneymaker’s cell phone to let him know about the situation. He answered the phone and when I told him about the pipe he said “it’s not my f***** problem” and hung up. I called him back and he did not answer. I then sent him a text message that said “Ok, last straw…you can’t refuse to fix the plumbing that is leaking all over the place, there isn’t even a shut off valve”. (i still have the text in my phone) I got no response and waited to see if he was going to fix it. He sent the maintenance man to shut off the water outside the house. Not only did he shut off the water valve, he cut the water supply line and capped it. I called the man I was dealing with at the Code and Inspection Dept., Joseph Hawxhurst, and left a message to let him know about the water issue. The following week we got a call back from Joe stating he was trying to find out what he could do about it and that the Sanitation Dept. could also be involved because it’s also a sanitation issue.
We had to go to friends’ homes to take showers and fill buckets of water up to flush the toilet. I could not wash dishes or do laundry. Everything piled up fast. You don’t realize how hard it is to not have water until you don’t. The water line was NEVER repaired and NOTHING was done by the county even though they knew the day our water was shut off. Mr. Moneymaker also pressed charges on me for mis-use of telephone, harassment and obscene language when I called about the pipe busting even though his cell phone number IS the emergency number listed on our lease. I now have to go to court the end of Feb for that.
In the meantime, Mr. Moneymaker REFILED a non-payment of rent for November, December and Jauary even though it was thrown out a few weeks before by Judge Riddle. This time we went in front of Judge Saunders. I explained what happened at our previous court hearing and the fact that we still had no heat and that we had no had water for the last 3 weeks. It is supposed to be illegal for a landlord to cut off utilities but apparently the rules do not apply to Mr. Moneymaker. Judge Saunders asked why we did not vacate the property yet since Judge Riddle gave us 30 days and I explained that we filed an appeal which was scheduled for February 13th. We were ordered to pay rent of $700 something even though we were living with no water and no heat and appealed the 30 days Judge Riddle had given us. I’m not even sure what the point of us appealing was now.
There is no way we were going to give 1 penny to these slumlords. Especially after all that we had to endure for the last 11 months we lived there. We were basically forced to move out immediately because of Judge Saunders decision and could only find a small 1 bedroom apartment that we would be able to take our dog to and move in immediately. We had to get rid of a lot of our belongings because we did not have room to take them. We have spent so much extra money such as eating out because all our pots/pans were dirty and had no way to wash them, money on laundry because we could not use our washer/dryer, rented hotel rooms to take showers and stay warm when it was frigid cold, not to mention all the money it cost us to move even though we thought we took all the correct steps to protect our rights.
The stress of the situation has cause major issues in Blake and I’s relationship to the point that right now I am staying between a friend and my car.
He even got laid off from his job due to the stress impacting his energy, missing work because we were up all night freezing and impacting his overall performance. We were moving out the weekend the School officials were in the trailer park and spoke with them about our situation as well. I let them come in and take photos also.
Somehow Mr. Moneymaker is able to get away with NUMEROUS code violations as well. I sent photos to the county back in September of the Electric lines being only 2-3″ deep in the ground and NOTHING was done about that either. While Mr. Moneymaker claims that it is the code is grandfathered in, once you have to dig something up to fix it, you are required to put it up to current code. They had to fix/replace some electric lines because they had “hit” the electric line numerous times fixing a busted water pipe. They tried to fix it with electrical tape but eventually it melted the electric line and the trailer next to mine lost power. They had to dig up the line and replace the melted part which I took photos of. It is extremely dangerous to have electric lines barely in the ground. The county did NOTHING at all even after seeing the photos.
While I am glad that something is finally being done about this situation, the county really did not help us at all. We have been trying to fight for our rights for so many months now and even though the county knew we were living no heat and no water for the last 3 weeks, we were not offered any help, alternative housing or anything.
We have borrowed money from people for hotel rooms, etc because of how much extra it has cost us from not having heat or water. And we were basically forced out when all we were trying to do was get our landlord to repair our home. We are also trying to find a lawyer that will help us.
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