Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Renter gets extra time to move out

Woman with cancer ordered evicted

By Jon Gambrell
Enquirer contributor

BATAVIA - A 50-year-old woman with cancer has until Jan. 16 to find a new place to live after a rent dispute.

Vivian Martin, who lives in a Meadow Drive apartment with her 18-year-old son, faced eviction after a dispute with her landlord over rent payments. In an agreement reached Monday, Martin will move out by Jan. 16.Martin, who has breast and cervical cancer, claimed she had an agreement with her landlord, Carol May, to pay $250 a month instead of the lease rent of $545.

May's attorney, Mark Tekulve, said his client had no comment.

Martin, who says she is unable to work due to a cellulite infection in her left arm, knew she'd eventually have to move. However, her family is unable to support her or her son.

"I'm just going to go day by day," Martin said.

After her story ran last week in the Enquirer, anonymous donations came in to the Clermont County Clerk of Courts office on her behalf, covering all of the $745 due in court-set bonds. A judge last week stayed her eviction, scheduled two days before Christmas.

"I am so grateful," Martin said of the donations. "The way they've been helping has been wonderful."


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