What is a nuisance eviction?

March 4, 2010
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I know a Lynn woman who owns her own home who became an inmate inside her home because of two degenerates who played the system, failed to pay their rent for longer than one year, and finally were evicted by court order – with the woman-homeowner having to pay a moving company to remove their possessions and to store them.

Mind you, this woman is a single mother working ridiculous hours to make a decent life for her three children and to pay her mortgage so they’ll have a home.

Th degenerates simply refused to pay their rent.

OK. Many people stop paying their rent.

But how many of those are drunk and degenerate all morning, all afternoon and all evening, while refusing to pay their rent – while ruining the premises?

In the case of my friend, this is the way it was.

Each time she got to court, a legal aid attorney informed the court of the rights of the degenerates. Mind you, this is one of the few nations on earth where degenerates have rights that put in danger the single parent mom of three young children who got behind on her mortgage because of these scumbags.

Now comes the Lynn City Council ready to pass a tenant nuisance eviction law. In fact, the Ordinance Committee of the Council approved such a law last Tuesday.

However, some well meaning public officials and agencies got very uptight that such a law might impact those who pay their rent, who take care of their premises, who don’t use drugs or alcohol, et cetera.

Neighborhood Legal Services was one of them – which is not exactly unexpected.

Lynn Economic Opportunity was another – also not unexpected.

Even the Lynn Chamber of Commerce jumped on the bandwagon claiming the law could negatively impact local business.

Wow.

I feel sorry for the property owners of Lynn. I feel especially sorry for the best efforts made by Councillors Darren Cyr and Peter Capano, both of whom agreed to table the measure to give it another chance at legislative life.

For those of you out there who don’t understand what a nuisance is or how a nuisance tenant or tenants can ruin your life, ruin your checkbook and ruin your property as well, let me further describe a nuisance.

In the case of my friend, the single parent with three young kids and a home being battered and broken apart by the drug addicted and drunk tenants who failed to pay their rent who ran to Legal Aid every time their eviction came up for longer than a year before they reached the end of their legal right to dispute, a nuisance eviction would have been proper, right and just.

Neighborhood Legal Services will never see it this way – nor do the courts.

In this instance, the city council has appeared to attempt to do the right thing only to be beaten into submission by the do-gooders who cannot tell a nuisance from a regular person who pays their rent.

This is the problem with the modern world.

Very few of us can differentiate the good guys from the bad guys so in the end, the bad guys who don’t pay the rent, who ruin the premises, who suck the system dry of its fairness and leave a road strewn with wreckage, have the same basic rights as those who don’t do any of that.

What a shame.

The council ought to get a spine and pass this law.

It won’t hurt anyone except the bad actors – and if you don’t understand that, then you don’t know what a nuisance is.

  • rkdian34

    Every person should be offered help to overcome themselves. If they do not want help, then they should be held accountable for their actions

  • Riva

    If your “friend” had bothered to do the responsible thing which is do a criminal background and credit check and get references from previous landlords this would never had happened. She could have done all these things for $50 or less, but chose not to. When she wrote the lease agreement she could have included a clause that prevented drug or alcohol use on the premises but she did not. Did she even bother with a written leases agreement? Passing more laws will not do anything if people do not exercise sound judgment or common sense.

  • Kyana1971

    I’m in the same boat as your friend what i want to do, is have any landlord in IL get together with me a change this if tenants not paying rent they have to go, I from Mn if you being evicted for anything the court have tenants bring money to court so they know tenants have all rent now if court find for tenant landlord get rent if they want to let tenant stay, and no work has to be done to property, but if tenant comes without money the longest i known court to let tenants stay without paying rent is 14days thats if they have small kids, if not no more then 7days i think all state need to look at MN and follow. Any Landlord in IL want to try and help or just had it like me please email me: kyana1971@yahoo.com
    Thank you

  • Tim Jenkens

    I did not rent to a mother because she judgments on her for not paying rent. Laws like this cost that mother her child and her life. The child was taken by SS, she was found raped and murdered.

  • Tim Jenkens

    I knew she would not be able to pay her rent but if I let her in I would have to spend years trying to get her to leave. I was sad but if I could have gotten her out in a month or two I would have thought it worth the high risk.

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