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Electricity Back on at 23rd Street Motel

Some residents of the Town and Country Inn on 23rd Street in Chattanooga are slowly thawing out Wednesday after spending a frigid night without power and heat.

Not because anything is broken, but because management turned off their electricity. Police say, in this case, management got it wrong, but they can’t force the motel to turn on the power.

Daylight was the only thing lighting Linda Stevens motel room Tuesday. She’s been staying at the Town and Country Inn since October. She’s $254 dollars behind on rent, about a week and a half. Around 11 Tuesday morning, an employee came by with a 10 day eviction notice. Stevens refused to sign.

“And then it was about 15 minutes later my power was off,” Stevens said.

The same thing happened to Stevens’ neighbor Santos Ortiz.

“I can’t even get into my own room.They cut the key off so I’m left out in the cold,” said Ortiz.
     
Ortiz used to work for the motel restaurant, and says he’s paid all his rent. He and Stevens say they’re being unfairly targeted.
 
 “I know for a fact people that still have their power on and are way, way behind on their rent,” Ortiz said.

“I’m very depressed. I’m very hurt,” said Stevens. “It’s inhumane. I mean animals are not supposed to even be out in the cold. How could they do this to a person?”

Ortiz called the police, and the officer told management cutting power is not the legal way to evict tenants. However, since this is a civil case, the police can’t force the motel to do anything just yet. We talked to management and they told us the owners told them to cut the power – and that’s what you do to people who don’t pay their bills. But with temperatures well below freezing, Stevens say they should show some compassion.
    
“I’m gonna stay here and bundle up and hope for the best,” said Stevens.

Stevens confirmed that her power was turned back on around eight Wednesday morning.

A manager, who did not give his name, said he made the decision to turn the power back on at risk of losing his job. He emphasized that it was the decision of out of town ownership and not local management to shut off the electricity to a number of units.

The breaking news, Electricity Back on at 23rd Street Motel excerpt from News Channel 9

Short URL: http://www.usnews9.com/?p=4284

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