Landlord harasses murder victim’s mother for early termination fees because her son was killed before his lease ran out
Posted by Cory Doctorow, April 26, 2009 7:11 AM
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Danelle Eckert, the mother of Colin Byars, a 24-year-old teacher who died after being punched in the head, is being harassed by Colin’s former landlord, who wants to impose an “early termination” fee on her because her son died before his lease ran out.
The landlord is CCRT Properties in Brookfield, WI.
She said the apartment’s property manager told her that they knew Byars had been killed. But the woman told Eckert the management company had been advised by their legal representative that they should go after the rent and fees.
“I said you might be able to do this, but should you do this?” Eckert said. The early termination fee makes her especially angry. “How was my son supposed to know he was going to be killed?” she asked.
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There has to be a special place for this landlord. You have to hope that karma evens things up!
I asked for their side.
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