LOWELL, N.C. -- A hole in the floor the size of a table, termite damage, leaky walls and fire hazards—does that sound like a place you’d want to call home?
If you had to live there, would you put up those dangers? What looks like a cozy 1930’s style bungalow is anything but cozy. Termite damage is everywhere. In some spots, the floor separates from the wall and the current feels there is at least one fire hazard.
Lisa Shannon just wanted a roof over her head for her family. At $400 a month, she knew it wasn’t going to be the Trump Tower, but she didn’t expect it to be filled with hidden dangers.
“It’s unsafe, and I want something done,” Shannon said.
Shannon says her landlord won’t fix the dangerous problems and after four months of repeated requests asking her to do so, she quit paying her rent and called the NewsChannel 36 I-Team for help.
Even the City of Lowell agrees the building is in poor shape. The building inspector sent a notice to the landlord this week saying the house is dangerous and hazardous to Lisa and her family and those repairs need to be made soon. NewsChannel 36 tried talking to the landlord in person at her home in Lowell, but she wasn’t home.
North Carolina state law says landlords are obligated to make all repairs so that rental properties are fit and habitable. In fact, that same state law says ‘dangerous’ includes ‘unsafe flooring.’
“All I want is my deposit back so that I can find a place that is safe for me and my daughter,” Shannon said.
She wants to just move out and move on so she can get back on her feet, without falling through what’s underneath them.
On Friday NewsChannel 36 left a message for the landlord in addition to going by her home, but the call wasn’t returned by 5 p.m. The I-Team also learned that the landlord is now suing the tenant with the hole in her floor for $645, which is the amount of rent that hasn’t been paid since November.