Local family to remain in home after battle with company

Anthonie Carter with Metro Councilman Colby Sledge.

A local family from Nashville recently celebrated a victory to remain in their home after a long and lengthy battle with a rental company that nearly cost the family to be evicted from their home after a local group rallied in their support on July 27, 2018.

The non-profit organization Homes for All Nashville held a rally on July 27 at Park at Hillside, a low-income apartment complex in Nashville, to protest the treatment of Anthonie Carter, a father of five young children. According to the press release, Carter had said that he had secured the money that he needed to pay for the rent on his apartment after suffering a leg injury as a result of being assaulted outside of his apartment. Carter said he contacted Ben Brewer, President of Elmington Capital Group, and spoke to Brewer about his problem in front of the residents of Park at Hillside at a Metro Council meeting on June 3. Brewer told him he would help him solve his problem, but Carter said he received a notice to appear in court where he was ordered to pay late fees and other charges.

Carter met with Metro Councilman Colby Sledge to discuss his situation. After meeting with Sledge, Carter was able to come up with the $3,000 he owed the apartment complex after the eviction procedure plus money to cover the monthly rent cost for August. Carter said he was very happy with the outcome along with his kids and his wife. Park at Hillside, though the standard landlord-tenant law requires a default of 30 days for non-payment of rent, included a clause that remove the protection for their leases. D.J. Hudson said Carter’s situation is paralleled to police violence.

“There’s no separation with someone having to put up with this dehumanizing situation of being evicted, of having to fight to protect your children, of inhuman conditions and being shot in the street and handcuffed on the sidewalk and left for dead,” said Hudson.

A representative for Homes for All Nashville said that Carter’s situation demonstrated the need for funding from the city to build and preserve 31,000 homes by 2025.