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Landlord accused of being slumlord

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FLORENCE, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

3 On Your Side investigated an email about a so-called slumlord in Rankin County. The email was complete with pictures of a gaping hole in the ceiling and flooring that is caving in.

WLBT looked into the claims and found tenants who refused to hold up their end of the lease agreement. 

Once at the mobile home, located just outside Florence, it was just as Karii Bryant said.

There was a huge hole in the ceiling and the flooring in the bedroom is falling in.

But the rental agreement says the repair work is the responsibility of the tenants. 

The landlord, Misty Collins, says she would reduce the rent as reimbursement with receipts for verification. The tenant says they did not keep the receipts and admit they have not paid the full rent.

Collins says the Bryant is behind on her rent and electric bill. She also says animals that belong to the renters have trashed the place and she wants them out. 

Bryant was featured on Animal Planet's program about animal hoarders about a month ago. 

In this situation, the tenants have no standing and must leave the property. The landlord says she will have deputies enforce the eviction Tuesday. 

Both tenants and landlords have rights. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to understand the agreement before you sign it.  And once you sign it, live up to your obligations.

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