Sewage Apartment Case

By: Heart Hettinger
By: Heart Hettinger

September 8, 2006

An Orange County renter who claims she was forced to live in a feces filled apartment gets to stay, for now.

Annie Payne's landlord tried to evict her for not paying two month's rent, but a judge today said the landlord did NOT give her enough notice, so that case was dismissed.

Payne said sewage has backed up into her apartment several times this summer. Her landlord says she's the one stuffing the pipes.

"The attorney said I would have to do a heck of a lot of stuffing to clog up a sewage [pipe] more than three times in three months," said Payne.

Today, Payne's attorney filed a "non-suit" which means they can sue the landlord at a later time.

She also has a letter from the Orange County building inspector which says her apartment is an illegal structure.

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