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It’s Landlords vs. Tenants in Eviction Fee Battle
Katrina Wallace had saved up two months’ rent to tide her over as she went through brain surgery to correct a dangerous condition. But as her recovery became more involved, she no longer had enough to pay for her apartment.
She scraped together enough to cover one-third of the rent, and she had a commitment from Durham County’s social services department to cover the rest while she waited for her disability payments to start.
The landlord at the Southpoint Glen Apartments rejected that arrangement and launched eviction proceedings. That triggered an additional $201 in court fees Wallace would have to pay to keep her and her young daughter from being kicked out of the complex along Fayetteville Road in South Durham.
“I felt like a statistic,” Wallace said. “I felt like in their eyes it’s just like ‘OK, you’re a poor girl, but I want my money, I want it now.’ I felt like that’s not really human.”
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