The Glasgow Housing Authority was surprised in Barren County District Court to find that through miscommunication in their agency, people facing eviction were effectively told they could pay off their debt to avoid eviction.
Kenneth Doakes was one of six families who rent from the Housing Authority in district court Friday afternoon to challenge their eviction notice. He has lived in his apartment with his wife and seven children for 12 years and admits he has been late paying his rent a few times in the past.
But this time, he said, when he took a money order to the Housing Authority to pay his rent after receiving notice of late payment, he said they would not take his money.
“Several times we have gone to pay after the [eviction] letter has been sent out and we’ve been able to pay,” Doakes said. “We’re wondering why it’s this month that we can’t pay when we could other times.”
Four other people presented claims that they were being evicted without good reason, but Alexander said they were given the notice based on the policies of the Housing Authority, policies he cannot overrule because they are documented in the lease and notices given to tenants.
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