Residents facing possible eviction after landlord fails to pay sewer bill

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 7 at 7:46 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Hundreds of residents who live in Brookside Estates have been served notices of possible eviction if their sewer bill is not paid.

Natasha McMillan has lived in the Brookside Estates for 20 years with her 4-year-old son. She says she and her neighbors pay their rent, but the landlord is supposed to pay the sewer bill.

“I feel like I’ve been taken,” McMillan said, “This is my home and now they are going to tell me I have to leave it, when I didn’t do anything wrong.”

The sewer bill has gone unpaid since March of 2013 with a total due of $95,000.

“I want to know why I can pay my bills being as broke as I am,” said McMillan, “And they can’t pay theirs.”

Many of those living in Brookside Estates are low income or fixed income families and the stress of the situation has already taken its toll. McMillan said she’s not sleeping and has headaches.

 “I walk [up to] my boss and she says, ‘What’s wrong?’ and I burst into tears in front of everybody, McMillan said, “I’m going to lose my home and there is nothing I can do about it “

SCW in Ladue, the company behind Jeff Co Holdings the landlord of Brookside Estates, did not comment on the situation and said they did not have time to talk about it.

But those answers aren’t good enough for McMillan.

“I want to know where did the money go in the first place. Is it sitting in a bank account somewhere and someone made a big accounting boo-boo?” McMillan stated, “Or is this one of those things where he pocketed the cash and his kids are walking around in designer duds and has three homes?” And I’m fighting to save my little, tiny home.”

McMillan said she’s already started looking for a new place, anything that is close to the same size costs her twice as much per month.

News 4 also tried to contact the Director of Administration in Jefferson County to find out what can be done to help residents, but our call wasn’t returned. 

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