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Eviction notice surprises Lumberton tenants

Lumberton tenants protest eviction orders Lumberton tenants protest eviction orders

Several tenants at Frank Lee Homes on Myrick Road in Lumberton say they got a rude awakening Monday morning when they learned they were being evicted and they needed to be out by noon.

They were told a judgement had been signed against them in Lamar County Justice Court on April 12 by Judge Bill Anderson. They say they hadn't been notified of the court date or the judgement.

"We have eleven people who was supposed to be given a notice by the court and the constable was supposed to have passed them out, he didn't," said Sylvia Griffin, Frank Lee resident.

According to Jessie Billups, Program Coordinator for South Mississippi Housing Corporation, the tenants were cited for lease violations. The violations included non-payment of rent and lawn care fees, and failure to maintain the appearance of their property.

The tenants contend they never were served the papers and that's why they were unable to answer for themselves in court.

"We just need better information. We need to be informed. To be informed is to answer to everything because once you know better you'll do better," said Griffin. "We just want justice. We're not humming and bumming. We're not asking to stay somewhere for free. We just want to be treated right."

Justice Court Coordinator Sandra Owen says this is a case of the constables word against the tenants word. Judge Anderson will hold a hearing on the evictions on May, 3. All parties involved must be there, including the constable.

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