Landlord from hell: Man removes jobless woman's front door over rent arrears

Landlord from hell: Man removes jobless woman's front door over rent arrears

- The struggling mother identified as Hannah McGee from Missouri, United States, found her front door missing last week, an act that sparked outrage

- The jobless woman described her landlord as a good man despite the cruel act that left her in a sad state of affairs

- One of her friends, Tommy Marler, has since started an online fundraiser which has so far raised KSh 780,000 to help her during the difficult time

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A jobless woman's woes has been worsened by her landlord who has resorted to removing the front door to her house after she missed two rent payments.

Landlord from hell: Man removes jobless woman's front door over rent arrears
Hannah McGee narrates how her landlord removed her front door over unpaid rent. Photo: Fox2Now.
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The struggling mother identified as Hannah McGee from Missouri, United States, found her front door missing last week, an act that sparked outrage and support from her community, New York Daily News reported.

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Hannah described her landlord as a good man despite the cruel act that left her in a sad state of affairs.

“He’s always been a good landlord. I guess it just took one slip up," she told Fox 2 Now.

A buyer who wanted to buy the property was reportedly shocked by the turn of events and he asked the landlord to put back the door.

Landlord condemned

The brutal man was condemned for causing more emotional distress to Hannah amid the COVID-19 pandemic which rendered her jobless.

Rob Swearingen, a Missouri attorney said the man should be held liable if anything bad happens to her tenant.

“The landlord needs to realise that he has committed a tort and is liable for anything that happens to this tenant," he said adding: "It’s more than negligence. It’s intentional infliction of emotional distress. It’s a violation of Missouri statutes and it’s an unlawful eviction.”

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Hannah revealed she had lived in the apartment located in St Louis suburb of Fenton, for three years and had never experienced any problems until she lost her job at a restaurant.

She noted living without the front door was unbearable especially at night due to the cold.

One of her friends, Tommy Marler, has since started an online fundraiser which has so far raised KSh 780,000 to help her during the difficult time.

Cruel landlords on the increase

Cases of landlords destroying tenant's doors or removing iron sheets have been on the increase in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic which has reduced cash flow leading to millions of job losses.

In April, a Kiambu landlord left his tenants in deplorable conditions after storming into their houses before breaking and carrying their doors for failure to raise March 2020 rent payments.

Francis Kamau said he wanted his tenants to leave for failing to pay their dues despite the tough economic times.

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In another worrying case, an Eldoret landlady was on the spot for removing iron sheets from a tenant's house over KSh 500 rent arrears.

The tenant, a bodaboda operator known as David Sundwa said he could not afford to pay the KSh 500 rent arrears due to the tough economic conditions worsened by COVID-19.

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