BAKER, La. — A woman grieving the loss of her father says things got even worse when she showed up at her apartment in Baker to find all of her belongings piled up on the side of the road.

Tiffiany Gray said her father, Vernon Gray, died the last week of July. She also said her rent was paid until the end of this month, but less than a week after her death, as her family went to collect her belongings, they instead found all her belongings thrown over the edge. of the road for garbage. He had apparently been kicked out, Tiffiany said, without notice.

“You didn’t even give me time to cry, it wasn’t even a week later,” Tiffiany Gray said.

She said she asked the landlord for a copy of the lease and her father’s deposit, but was refused. To make matters worse, her father cared for Tiffiany’s disabled brother. The brother is not on the lease. His belongings were also thrown away, leaving him without clothes and without a caretaker.

“We have to be a family and help him, but I just don’t know where to go. My dad was her supplier,” Tiffiany explained.

According to records, the building is owned by a man named Nicholas Williams. We contacted Mr. Williams by phone and he told us attorney Kendall Plain handled his day-to-day operations. Kendall Plain is the same name Tiffiany gave us for her late father’s landlord name.

Plain sent the following letter to WAFB:

“That’s part of the reason I wanted to run for public office right here,” said agent Andre Hamilton.

He said the law is clear on the process that must be followed before deporting someone.

“Through my investigation, they haven’t even gone to court yet…we haven’t served papers to let this family know they even have a court date,” Hamilton explained.

He also said the process is that the landlord or landlord should go through the justice of the peace to file an eviction petition and then give the constable’s office 72 hours to serve the notice.

The case then goes to court and if the judge decides to evict the tenants, they must have an additional 24 hours to vacate the property.

“Even then, as I told you, if the tenant does not show up for court, my office is standing behind trying to advise him that he has 24 hours to vacate the premises. We don’t believe in just posting on the door. Yes you can post on the door, but you need to be properly warned,” Hamilton added.

The constable said that in this case an eviction was requested, but they did not wait for the rest of the legal process to unfold.

“That’s how the law is. But you don’t take it and just go and take somebody’s stuff out and they haven’t even gone to court. You can not do this. If they had been through our court or if the procedures had been followed properly, this would not have happened,” Hamilton said.

And the agent said the process is no different just because the person on the lease is deceased.

“I don’t know the outcome as to why he died. But you’re not going to put his stuff on the road. There are some things you still need to do. You still have to file the proper paperwork to get him out,” Hamilton explained.

Tiffiany said she is looking for anyone who can help her and her family with any upcoming legal matters.

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