Court Hearing on Sewage in Orange Apartment

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

August 9, 2006

Human feces covered the floor of an Orange County apartment and the landlord refused to clean it up. On Wednesday, the tenant, Annie Payne, will have a chance to present her case at trial. During the hearing both Payne and the landlord refused to settle.

Payne said the human feces and awful smell spewed out of a drain in the floor covering her belongings not once, but twice.

Payne is suing her landlord Donnie McDaniel for $5,000 in damages to her clothes, furniture, as well as hotel bills. At the advice of her attorney, Payne now increased her asking price to $15,000. Payne said she's saddened that it had to come to this.

"I'm just a bit surprised about the whole thing. All I ever wanted was just to have all of that cleaned and just to be treated like a human being, someone who is giving [the landlord] money for a clean, livable unit," said Payne.

Her landlord, McDaniel, is also counter-suing since Payne has not paid for last month's rent. Payne feels she does not owe the money because the apartment was not livable.

The landlord did not want to speak on-camera, but he did say "everything will come out in the trial."

The trial date has been set for September 8.

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