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She couldn’t believe it.  She had taken Chelsey for her regular check-up and when she came back, the high-chair and all of their things were on the sidewalk in front of the building where she lived.  Horrified, she darted inside and straight to the rental office where the landlady coldly informed her that she had been evicted. 

“But why?” she asked.  “I’ve been a good tenant.”

“Yes, but my brother and his family lost their house.  They need somewhere to stay.  So, I’m giving them your apartment.”

“You can’t do that.”

“I can and I have.  Give me your keys.”

100 Words

This post is for the Friday’s Fictioneers hosted by  Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.  You can find this week’s prompt Here. To read other stories or to participate, click Here

36 thoughts on “Ousted

  1. Not an unbelievable scenario even in the west. So many people are dependent on landlords and taken advantage of in just such a way. If you were aiming to provoke outrage, Adele, mission accomplished!

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    1. Just recently I saw online that tenants were being evicted from their apartments. Their belongings were on the sidewalk. And some tenants have been illegally evicted. Apparently the landlord/landlady has the right to evict a tenant in favor of a family member or friend if he or she wants because the building belongs to him/him.

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  2. Adele, on my drive today I listened to NPR where they were talking about how many places have put a moratorium on evictions in the US because of Covid-19 — which some landlords are blatantly ignoring. Many evicted tenants don’t fight it because if they lose it will be on the record, but some are fighting it and winning. Such a relevant topic for your story.

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  3. My jaw dropped. How does it makes sense to make one person homeless for another — family or not?
    Just when you think you have seen it all, something happens to show you, you have seen nothing at all.
    I mean, the best a person with humanity and God living in them is expected to do, is to squeeze as much as possible in your own private quarters, then make an amicable arrangement with your tenant to accommodate the rest, for a rent discount of course.
    But no. You have some beings doing unbelievable cruel stuff, like this.
    I hope those negatively affected like this will get justice and compensation, as well as shelter.
    This pandemic has shown us that what is basically needed is food and shelter.

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    1. You’re right, Ade. It’s horrible, the things which are happening to people and the lack of compassion and decency of the landlords who seem to have no problem evicting them. This is why many of the tenants are fighting back and winning. I hope more join the bandwagon.


      1. I guess in her position she had to be tough and impersonal. And blood is thicker than water. She put her family first. It would have been nice if she had given the tenant notice, though. It is a heart-breaking situation.

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    1. Oftentimes, we can’t believe the things which are happening around us. Thanks, Brenda. Yes, there are so many people out there who are struggling to take care of themselves and/or their families. Times are tough and I can only pray that they will get better.

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