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Senior says his complaints lead to his eviction

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He's been evicted from an apartment complex for seniors even though he finally got his rent money together. But Cliff Thomas says there's more to his getting tossed out than just being late with the rent.

We found him as he spent another day watching his possessions being set out by the road.

Maintenance workers continued their job Monday of setting Thomas' belongings by the street outside the Jordan Square Apartments.

Meantime, the 70-year-old Thomas had called in police as he met with management, fearing an altercation, He says he'd been threatened with arrest if he came on to the property. He went in asking to be allowed to get important possessions, like his medical records. He was denied, and came out to describe the problem that went to court last Tuesday when a judge upheld his eviction.

Thomas says he was four weeks late with October's rent. But he says he had a $234 dollar check to cover the rent and late fee. The judge and the manager wouldn't accept it.

"Judge Kelly said, 'How are you going to pay for November?" I said, 'Your honor, I get my check in three days,' -- my Social Security check. So I have rent money. She just didn't want me in there."

She being the apartment manager, Vicky Cooper. Thomas says he got on her bad side by raising safety issues.

"The folks here need to have a voice. This is their home. A lot of folks come here -- this is their last place to live. Basically come here to die," Thomas says, adding that he was branded as a troublemaker.

Thomas has been sleeping in the cab of his pickup outside the apartments since Friday when the maintenance workers began dropping his possessions there.

"It's been uncomfortable," the retired machinist says, noting that he has arthritis in his knees and hips, and also suffers from COPD.

He's now having to rent a truck and a storage unit to move his things. He says he'll stay with a friend until he finds a new place.

"I'll be okay," Thomas says.

Thomas says he was three days late one other time in his year-and-a half at the apartments.

A representative for Jordan Square Apartments in Memphis, Tenn. would not comment on Thomas' eviction. However he did point to a HUD inspection last December that gave the complex an above average score of 92.  

 

 

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