Moorhead landlord feels violated by international student tenantsMoorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - A Moorhead landlord has a warning tonight. She says renting to international students is a risk. WDAY-6 Reporter Kelsey Soby explains why this landlord, may be out 28-thousand dollars.
By: Kelsey Soby, WDAY
Moorhead, Minn. (WDAY TV) - A Moorhead landlord has a warning tonight. She says renting to international students is a risk. WDAY-6 Reporter Kelsey Soby explains why this landlord, may be out 28-thousand dollars.
“I feel violated and abused.”
When Kathleen Hoover opened her doors to four international students, three at Concordia, one at MSUM, she didn't know it was the start of a nightmare.
“Day after day they were ruining my home.”
In just under a year's time, the place transformed.
“Walls so filthy with grime it was like livestock in the house.”
Her boyfriend discovered all this while fixing a broken sump pump.
“Utterly unbelievable what we encountered.”
With proof of broken windows and doors, torn out sinks, a busted shower, and even a loud party complaint from police, Kathleen evicted Harrison Boateng, Kofi Adjekum, Edward Gyumfi-Nuamah, and Emmanuel Conduah.
“Cigarettes put out in carpeting...”
May 15th, they were finally out, but so was she, thousands of dollars. The bills racked up fast. These invoices for materials and repairs plus court fees and lost rent add up to more than 28-thousand dollars.
Unfortunately, because the defendants have no domestic assets, a civil judgment against them would essentially be an IOU and if they leave the country after graduation, other means of collecting like garnishing future wages, are not an option.
“If it was criminal, risk of jail, but nothing likes that, there is no enforcement mechanism.”
Kathleen's only hope is that Concordia and MSUM will threaten to expel the students or withhold their degrees until she gets paid. But since the incident happened off campus, the schools may share frustration, but not responsibility.
“Normally can't be held for something not foreseen.”
“I feel like everything's stacked against me as a landlord.”
Kathleen says in the future, she plans to do whatever she legally can, to never rent to international students again. The renters could not be reached for comment. Concordia leaders met with the landlord and the involved students, but say they are not obligated to enforce any rental agreement.