Even after deteriorating house conditions, one Davenport renter was still evicted, endangering a housing future | Local News
Mice, roaches, and other bugs had been gnawing into Davenport resident Tammy Brewer’s medical equipment for months. Full cartons of feeding solution sat discarded in a box on the floor of the Davenport duplex on Friday, chewed by mice.
She wasn’t taking them, nor an oxygen machine, to her temporary living situation, for fear of bringing bugs or other pests into the garage of her granddaughter’s house.
At 801 W 14th St., Brewer’s former home, missing pieces of plaster exposed wooden lath beneath. Dishes, left unusable because of mouse droppings, sat in what was her living room. A sheet of tin was fastened to the ceiling in the bathroom, above half-torn up tile and a toilet the city found to be improperly vaulted.
A city inspection in May found 45 code violations, and after a follow-up in July, the city deemed the situation so severe the duplex was unfit to live in.
Months earlier, in January, Brewer said she stopped paying rent to get the landlord’s attention about the conditions. According to court records, she owes $4,200. In June, her landlord, Living Quarters for Dollars, LLC, filed an eviction notice for nonpayment of rent.
“He never once came here to knock, he never once texted me, he never once sent a letter, nothing saying he would be in within the two month period, to take care of the problem,” Brewer said. “Then, I would have resumed paying him. Then, I wouldn’t have had a problem.”