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Colin Byars was punched in the head last February 21st and killed outside a bar in Kenosha Wisconsin. After the funeral Colin’s roommate (who was not on the apartment lease) informed the property management that he would be leaving. Family and friends removed Colin’s effects, doing a favor for the property managers, who would otherwise have had to go through formal eviction proceedings to reestablish control of the property. (Yes, even though he’s dead, they would have had to evict him if his stuff was still there.)
The last week in April, Colin’s mother, Danelle Eckert, got a letter in the mail from CCRT Properties, the property managers of Colin’s old apartment, making a demand for Colin’s March and April’s rent, late fees for those rents, and finally, an early termination fee for leaving the apartment before the lease was up. The CRRT representative told Danelle that they did in fact know that Colin had been killed, but that their lawyer had advised them to go after Danelle for the money.
Now Danelle is under zero legal responsibility to pay anything. (In fact she has no intent to do so.) But what this means is that CRRT was demanding money from someone who owed them nothing in the hopes that they wouldn’t know they weren’t obligated… possibly even counting on the grief of a dead son to blind a mother to her lack of obligation.
I hope someone puts those people into matching strait jackets, and they all get itchy noses. Forever.