The coronavirus pandemic caused many businesses to close down, and as a result, many people lost their jobs and struggled to make ends meet.
Families were left without their loved ones and a number of people were emotionally affected because of the lockdowns and the curfews imposed by the governments in an attempt to stop the disease from spreading any further.
Many people lost their homes unable to pay rent and mortgage. One of them was a woman named Hannah McGee, a mother of a four year old girl. Hannah worked at a restaurant but lost her job. Sadly, with no money on her bank account, she couldn’t afford to pay rent.
The landlord, in whose house she has been living for the past three and a half years, asked to be paid in full. As she couldn’t find the funds, he took drastic measures and took away her front door.
Speaking of him and shis action, Hannah said, “He’s always been a good landlord. I guess it just took one slip up. I’ve lived here without a problem, no incidents whatsoever. I’ve been on time every month, but since COVID happened, I lost my job. I was working in a restaurant.”
In order to keep her daughter warm, she was forced to move the closet where the front door used to be in order to prevent the cold wind from entering the place. Sadly, that didn’t help much. “At night, it gets definitely really cold. It’s kind of unbearable without it,” she added.
In hopes of not getting evicted and keeping the Michigan apartment she lived at, Hannah contacted attorney Rob Swearingen, who claimed that the number of people who found themselves in a similar situation as Hannah was way bigger than anyone thought.
Speaking to Fox 59, Swearingen said, “We try to call landlords and inform them that they’re violating the law by illegally evicting people. You can only be evicted by court order, and with the sheriff present while executing an eviction, and right now, that can’t be done in St. Louis City and St. Louis County. The landlord needs to realize that the landlord has committed a tort and is liable for anything that happens to this tenant. It’s more than negligence, it’s the intentional infliction of emotional distress. It’s a violation of Missouri statutes and its unlawful eviction.“
The landlord refused to comment on the matter and stood silent while interrogated. Hannah, however, had a lot to say. “I would never be able to do that to somebody, just make things even harder on them, especially with everything going on. My Christmas tree is right next to my door frame where there’s no door. I don’t know how we’re going to open presents on Christmas like that. At least we have three walls. All I can do is find the humor in it and try to get by. I mean, a lot of people go through worse.“
As many people heard of Hannah’s story, the landlord decided to place the door at its place.
In the meantime, one of Hannah’s friends has started a GoFundMe page which helped her cover around $9,000 in just a matter of days.
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