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She lives in an apartment that would make you shiver. The water pours into it and molds itself. Worse, her rental furniture is damp and moldy, and the company wants her to pay to replace it or does the landlord have to pay? Let’s bring in Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser for the answer.

Everyone should step into apartment number seven at least once just to see how some people must live.

Alretha Toombs: “A lot of mold all over the house.”

But Alretha didn’t just contact us about the mold or the six mice she trapped the other night.

Alretha Toombs: “They often come in through the hole, the bathroom.”

She did not point out the cracks in the ceiling where the water pours.

Alretha Toombs: “That big stereo on the floor was full of water and everything.”

She’s used to water leaks that leave brown streaks on the walls.

Patrick Fraser: “How many places does he leak in your apartment?”

Alretha Toombs: “About eight places where it leaks. It also leaks in the kitchen. Right here, right there, right there, right there. »

Alretha says she complained to her landlord but nothing happened. And then one day with the water coming on, she called the City of Miami Code Enforcement, a neighbor reported her to the landlord.

Alretha Toombs: “’Oh, you called Code violations on me?’ then, three days later, I received an expulsion letter.

The landlord said Alretha owed him $2,100 in back rent. But that eviction is still not the reason she called us. That’s because, as she was starting to pack, she called the rental store to get her furniture.

Alretha Toombs: “They came to get the furniture, and when the two guys walk into the room. They ran down the stairs. They washed their hands with sanitizer and all that. We don’t want that. We don’t want this furniture. No no no.”

The bed Alretha rented has a pan on one side to catch the leak from the ceiling. Sometimes water leaks from the side where Alretha sleeps, leaving the mattress damp and moldy and the headboard stained.

The rental table is also wet.

Alretha said the rental store wanted her to pay them $3,300 to replace the items, and that’s when Alretha finally had enough.

Alretha Toombs: “I’m just stressed about this apartment. It’s just disgusting. It does not mean anything.

She doesn’t have the money to rent another apartment or pay her landlord the $2,100 he wants, but her call tells us: does she owe the $3,300 for the damp and moldy rental furniture or is its owner have to pay for them?


7News legal expert Howard Finkelstein: ‘Legally it’s called contract secrecy, and what that means is that Alretha has to pay the rental company for the ruined furniture, and the landlord has to reimburse them because he didn’t maintain the apartment, but if the landlord doesn’t help, Alretha will have to take legal action, and of course she can’t afford it. This is an example of the poor being beaten over and over again.

Patrick Fraser. “I am Patrick Fraser. What is your name?”

A tenant called the owner to tell him that we were there…

Ronald Malik: “We are repairing the roof. We couldn’t get in to fix the walls.

Ronald Malik told us he couldn’t work in Alretha’s apartment because she wouldn’t let him, but he gave us his word on the moldy rental furniture bill.

Ronald Malik: “Yes, we will take care of the mold on the furniture. Whatever problems she had with the rental company, we will take care of it.

But so far he has not paid.

Alretha even dropped off the bill from the furniture store at his desk, and after that he didn’t return my calls.

Alretha Toombs: “Upset but I can’t do anything.

Alretha won’t worry about furniture for now. Instead, she’s been trying to get money to rent an apartment and started a GoFundMe page with a simple message.

Alretha Toombs: “Any small gesture can help. Please…”

I’ve walked many places over the years doing Help Me Howard, but Alretha’s apartment was sadly one of a kind. She lives with her niece for a few days while she tries to find money to rent another place.

If you can help him, the link to his GoFundMe page is under Help Me Howard. Thanks.

A constant drop of problems clouding your outlook? Ready to patch things up? Send us the information to see if we can build a solution for you.

With this Help me Howard, I’m Patrick Fraser 7News.

GoFundMe for Alretha:

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