HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Putnam County family is scrambling to find a new home after they claim they were evicted when they demanded their landlord make repairs to their apartment.
Jeramy and Heidi Rice tell WSAZ.com they have been given 10 days to move out of their home of five years after they demanded their landlord, John Ginn, repair longstanding issues such as mold and cracked ceilings.
Instead of a helping hand they said they were evicted.
"If we don't like it, we can just get out ," Heidi said referring to an earlier comment by her landlord. "Ya know that's not always an easy thing to do."
Jeramy admitted they withheld part of the rent for May hoping to persuade Ginn to make the repairs.
“We tried even paying them part of the rent for one month and telling them if you fix something we'll give you the other part thinking that it might help us,” Jeramy said. ”I guess by law that gives them grounds to just evict you. I didn't know that, or obviously I wouldn't have gotten my family evicted.”
Attempts to reach Ginn outside his Frontier Avenue home in Hurricane were unsuccessful.
Jeramy and Heidi said they have until 5 p.m. Sunday to leave their home, and while they have a new home in mind they need more time to move.
"It's no way to live," Heidi said, "No way to raise a family."