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Re: “With landlords using the courts as de facto bill collectors, North Charleston's eviction rate is the highest in the country

To the person claiming that buying cigarettes is what leads to evictions, it's much more complicated than that. Your advice is akin to douchebag Jason Chaffetz, who said that people foregoing cell phones would allow them to purchase health insurance. Of course giving up things we purchase would leave more money at the end of the month. But as the article said, an unexpected expense such as a health emergency or a car repair can leave people in a hole. A person working full time at a retail position will likely bring home 1300-1400 a month. The average rent in North Charleston is $900. You can do the math.

Someone has to work at the PetSmarts and Waffle Houses and Targets. Should we be so callous as to ignore their plight?

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Posted by Alex Perry on April 19, 2018 at 9:17 PM

Re: “With landlords using the courts as de facto bill collectors, North Charleston's eviction rate is the highest in the country

ve been to eviction court in north charleston in 2012. i would not say the judge was fair. my mother was served with an eviction notice for nonpayment of rent, 100 dollars less than the owner himself said to take out to buy insectices for the bedbugs that he undoubtedly knew were there beforehand. had reciepts, recordings of phone calls and recordings of his threats. he showed up with the ncpd and a gun on his holster to serve the papers. because the lease was in my mothers name the judge refused any evidence i had and threatened me with contempt when i asked to speak. i was very polite. he however found that we hadnt could not be evicted but our deposit was not in fact a deposit so to get out and away from the bedbugs we had to break the lease, throw all of our stuff away and let the owner keep the not deposit deposit. without a doubt this same landlord goes before the same judge with the same lease and same problems over and over. it was on sumner st, maybe not the nicest area i know but you should still be treated fairly

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Posted by TBennett on April 19, 2018 at 4:26 PM

Re: “With landlords using the courts as de facto bill collectors, North Charleston's eviction rate is the highest in the country

ve been to eviction court in north charleston in 2012. i would not say the judge was fair. my mother my mother and i in 2012 was served with an eviction notice for nonpayment of rent, 100 dollars less than the owner himself said to take out to buy insectices for the bedbugs that he undoubtedly knew were there beforehand. had reciepts, recordings of phone calls and recordings of his threats. he showed up with the ncpd and a gun on his holster to serve the papers. because the lease was in my mothers name the judge refused any evidence i had and threatened me with contempt when i asked to speak. i was very polite. he however found that we hadnt could not be evicted but our deposit was not in fact a deposit so to get out and away from the bedbugs we had to break the lease, throw all of our stuff away and let the owner keep the not deposit deposit. without a doubt this same landlord goes before the same judge with the same lease and same problems over and over. it was at oak terrace on sumner, maybe not the nicest area i know but you should still be treated fairly

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Posted by TBennett on April 19, 2018 at 4:14 PM

Re: “10 locals sound off on the first week of $2 an hour downtown parking

Easier to just put in a lot. I was going to a place downtown to get my nails done. Screw it. They will lose my business. Not their fault. But to pay double for parking is just not worth it for me. And maybe Ill just Uber it with friends when we go out for dinner. It probably will be cheaper in the long run. I dont shop downtown. I do my clothing shopping when Im out in Los Angeles. God forbid we should get a Nordstrom or Bloomdales here.

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Posted by lynnar on April 19, 2018 at 2:27 PM

Re: “With landlords using the courts as de facto bill collectors, North Charleston's eviction rate is the highest in the country

Tom - when building apartments, walls are really cheap. Plumbing and electricity eat up a lion's share of construction costs. Because of that, shrinking a 750 sq. ft. apartment to a 500 sq. ft. apartment would not diminish the cost to make a substantial reduction in rent.
A second factor is the cost of returning an apartment to the market. I have a neighbor that rents out half of his duplex at a very reasonable rate. The problem is his tenants rarely last more than two years, and he has had to replace carpeting and appliances twice in the last 5 years because of tenant damage. Those costs have to be worked into his rental rate.

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Posted by Ima Oldman on April 19, 2018 at 2:17 PM

Re: “It's beyond time to revise and re-envision our streetscapes

Amen Stephanie! Red lights mean 2 more cars can speed through an intersection and cars simply don't yield to pedestrians. Bicyclists are typically harassed and treated like road kill. So much for southern hospitality!

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Posted by Patrick Jones on April 19, 2018 at 11:07 AM

Re: “The lessons we’re teaching our kids about guns are clear: Shit’s out of whack.

It's hard to imagine a world so bereft with violence that the mere mention of deescalating that violence leads to more threats of violence. That is it is hard to imagine it until you go online. Once online you get bombarded with partisan hate fueled rhetoric that clogs all sensible conversation. We cannot have good quality discussions online only barbaric name calling. Which is why people shouldn't engage in them. Rather engage in their local marches onto the offices of our politicians. Engage in raising voter turnout and strive for a positive path towards our future. Fear and callousness may be the weapons of a minority but everyone else knows better. It is up to us to encourage them to speak up and defend our children from an outdated and misanthropic mindset bent on destruction.

And

If they arm teachers in SC my daughter will be home schooled, PERIOD.

Posted by Chuck Ruby on April 19, 2018 at 9:54 AM

Re: “One week grace period announced for 10 p.m. meter enforcement, rates will rise as planned Monday

Perhaps the city should consider variable demand pricing for parking. High demand streets such as King, East Bay, etc. would pay premium pricing, with lower pricing on secondary streets farther away.

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Posted by PMM on April 19, 2018 at 8:03 AM

Re: “10 locals sound off on the first week of $2 an hour downtown parking

Perhaps the City should consider variable pricing for parking. For example, parking on high demand streets such as King, East Bay, etc. would be the highest cost/hour, with lower parking prices for side streets and lower demand areas.

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Posted by PMM on April 19, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Re: “GQ profile of Dylann Roof, "A Most American Terrorist," awarded Pulitzer Prize

Well written article that was entirely insipid, trivialized the experiences of South Carolinians in dealing with this, and frankly jumped on the "let's blame Trump" for the actions of an evil terrorist train.

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Posted by musket12 on April 19, 2018 at 2:02 AM

Re: “GQ profile of Dylann Roof, "A Most American Terrorist," awarded Pulitzer Prize

This was an insipid article. She racializes taking care of a woman with a heart attack, who had no control over the evil her son did. How this won the Pulitzer I don't know

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Posted by musket12 on April 19, 2018 at 1:43 AM

Re: “10 locals sound off on the first week of $2 an hour downtown parking

Naturally the doctors/wealthy folks don't mind it -_-

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Posted by musket12 on April 19, 2018 at 1:41 AM

Re: “10 locals sound off on the first week of $2 an hour downtown parking

Ya you better say you like it or they will target you/boot/tow your car.lol what can I say? I love it too! I don't really care. Im just joking. No seriously. I will be in to pay my tickets soon. I promise just give me two weeks!

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Posted by zee on April 18, 2018 at 11:01 PM

Re: “Forty Mile Detour

Gage Hall Coffeehouse is THE place to LISTEN to music in an intimate setting.

Posted by rhayes73 on April 18, 2018 at 10:09 PM

Re: “Hungry Monk Music

Outstanding place to listen to great local music.

Posted by rhayes73 on April 18, 2018 at 10:08 PM

Re: “With landlords using the courts as de facto bill collectors, North Charleston's eviction rate is the highest in the country

Why can't builders of apartment buildings build buildings with lots of tiny apartments that can be really affordable for the poor, who might be working in minimum wage jobs and can't afford the rising rents in the existing apartments? The article says that now in North Charleston the average monthly rent is $900. How can the poor afford it? So they get evicted and then they have to live with relatives or friends, because they can't afford the rising rent any more. Rents are rising faster than inflation, maybe because builders think they can make more money building apartment houses for the middle class and upper middle class than tiny apartments for the poor. I don't understand it. Too many big apartments are being built.

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Posted by Tom Martin on April 18, 2018 at 9:49 PM

Re: “With landlords using the courts as de facto bill collectors, North Charleston's eviction rate is the highest in the country

Pay your rent and other bills. These are promises, commitments. You need to live up to them and other promises. You are only as good as your word. I've sold things I valued, sacrificed things that were important to me etc to make sure I paid debts I owed. Don't incur debts you can't handle.

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Posted by Cid95 on April 18, 2018 at 8:51 PM

Re: “With landlords using the courts as de facto bill collectors, North Charleston's eviction rate is the highest in the country

Pay your rent on time and abide by the rental contract that you signed and you usually won't be evicted.
If you think cigarettes are more important than paying your rent enjoy smoking them in your tent.

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Posted by navyvet on April 18, 2018 at 12:06 PM

Re: “Celebrate Record Store Day in Charleston at Monster Music and the Vinyl Countdown

Thanks for the love City Paper! Been reading this since before I picked up my guitar!

Posted by Mike Martin on April 17, 2018 at 11:57 AM

Re: “The Agenda: Night of fights leaves 7 inmates dead; Gun incident doesn't surprise Norman followers

It will not be hard to replace Nikki Haley! We could get Big Bird from the Sesame street to do exactly the same thing as Haley.

Big Bird could do the job better! He may be a puppet too, but there are no strings attached. UNLIKE most puppets nothing goes up his butt to animate him as well, so he will be accepted by conservatives in the upstate.

Plus He probably would be more focused on education... I think Big Bird would be a better republican than Nikki Haley anyday.

For a SYSTEM that supposedly empowers people, it SURE DOES have alot of YES MEN and women bending over backwards for alot of sigma six corporations..

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Posted by zee on April 16, 2018 at 9:49 PM
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