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Landlord-tenant controversy: Payee won't renew lease to beneficiary

Posted at 6:24 PM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 19:26:28-04

GROVE, Okla. — Two Grove men are facing homelessness after their landlord said he won’t renew their lease. The men reached out to the Problem Solvers earlier this month. They claim they're being asked to leave their mobile home after asking for repairs.

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Both have a mental condition, one of them severe. Dale Mitchell and his uncle, Raymond, have until next Wednesday to find a new place to live. Now, Adult Protective Services may soon step in.

“I don’t want that to happen. He’s my uncle. I promised my mom I would take care of him,” Mitchell said.

Dale’s mother and Raymond’s sister lived here and took care of the two. But, after passing away last year, Dale is left to care for Raymond. Here’s the problem; after Dale’s mother passed away, Faith Buller became Raymond’s payee. Buller and her husband Doug, also their landlord, refuses to renew their lease.

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“I have to be out by October 1st, no if’s and’s or but’s about it,” Mitchell said.

Doug and Faith Buller own Honey Creek Mobile Homes. Faith, as Raymond’s payee, is responsible for his finances.

“Someone has to be his payee and until they find someone else, I am that person,” Buller said. “So, I am trying to do everything I can to still help them.”

While Faith said she is helping the two find a new home, she also believes Raymond should stay with Dale.

“I think for Raymond’s sake, it would be best if he would be able to stay with Dale because that is the only family he knows.”

But as each day passes, the chances of that happening grow thinner.

“We’re no better off than when we started,” Mitchell said.

2 Works for You reached out to Adult Protective Services multiple times over the past month. We were able to speak with Raymond's case manager, but they were unable to comment.

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