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Tenant Says Landlord Living in Home's Garage



    A Davie woman said the landlord she is renting a large home from is actually living in the garage of the home. NBC 6's Jamie Guirola has the details of the bizarre situation. (Published Monday, June 9, 2014)

    Imagine paying $4,000 a month in rent for a five-bedroom home only to find the landlord hadn’t moved out, but instead had moved into the garage. For Terry Kring, that’s the situation she said her family is facing in Davie.

    “I have no safety to my house,” Kring said. “There’s an entrance to the attic and you can get to the whole house and to my closet through the attic.”

    Kring said she signed a lease for the 5-bedroom, 2.5 acre home in Davie in April. She paid a $12,000 deposit and the rent was set at $4,000 a month. However, she didn’t know that the landlord and four others would be living in the garage.

    NBC 6’s Jamie Guirola asked Kring about the setup in the garage and she said she’s never been in the garage.

    “I don’t know what’s in there I know there’s a bathroom, there’s a stove; I know there’s a refrigerator,” Kring said about the conditions in the garage.

    Terry said she can’t get into the garage. She said she has boxes, lawn equipment and tools that just sit in her dining room. The garage remains locked, even though the lease states the tenant is responsible for all locks and keys.

    Terry said she found a shotgun sitting in the attic and that she sits “in fear if I’m by myself in this house.”

    Courtesy Fontenelle Forest Rehabilitation Center

    The home is listed to Roxanne Odaiyar, who signed the lease. According to a search of records by NBC 6’s Guirola, the home is currently in foreclosure. When Guiorla went to the exterior door of the garage, two people were inside. However, they ignored Guirola’s knocks on the door, shut off the lights, and called police.

    The landlord called NBC 6 just after 10 p.m. and said the garage is actually a legal suite that’s in remodification and not foreclosure. Guirola found the property appraiser’s website lists the home as a “single-family home.”

    Terri said whatever the status, she didn’t sign up for all of this.

    “What did you sign up for?” Guirola asked.

    “To have a nice house, on 2.5 acres, I could live peacefully with my family in privacy; and I got none of that,” Terri said.

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