Hapless Mom Of Eight Duped By Shady Con Man And Evicted From Her Home
A mother in Atlanta ended up in the street after being kicked out of a home she rented from a person who didn’t actually own the property. Mother of eight Lyna McNeil says she agreed to pay $750 a month in rent and do minor repairs, believing she was working with the property’s owner, who identified himself as “Shawn.” But a month into her stay the property’s actual owner, who has only been identified as “Mr. Carr,” showed up and demanded that she and her family leave. Putting aside the fact that it’s never a good idea to sign a lease if you haven’t confirmed who the property owner is, I have a lot of sympathy for this mom. Anyone who would prey on a single mom with eight kids is a special kind of douche bag.
According to news channel WSB-TV Atlanta, Carr filed an intruder affidavit with the Superior Court of Fulton County and the Sheriff’s Department sent out officers to keep the peace while McNeil was evicted. Her belongings were basically thrown to the curb, and she was forced to sleep in her car with her kids so they could watch to make sure nothing was stolen. And as if this wasn’t bad enough, Animal Control came and took the family pets because they no longer had a home for them.
WSB spoke to neighbors of the property that say it was empty for as long as they could remember, so I think it’s more than a little suspicious that when McNeil offered to pay Carr rent, and even another security deposit, he wanted nothing to do with it. You have a property rotting away for years, and along comes a tenant that not only wants to pay rent, but also make repairs? Who would turn that down, even if the circumstances were a little weird. ? Call me a conspiracy theorist, but something doesn’t add up here. If you ask me, this sounds like a two-man con job, and I wouldn’t be surprised if “Mr. Carr” was in on it the whole time.
Thankfully this story has a somewhat happy ending. A good Samaritan offered McNeil and her kids a four bedroom home rent free for two months, which means they will get their pets back and hopefully move on with their lives. No word on whether any charges will be filed.