Former tenant claims wrongful eviction by Gonzales Councilman
POSTED: Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 10:30am
UPDATED: Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 2:51pm
Gonzales, La (The Creole) — Debra Williams lived as tenant in a “shed” owned by Gonzales Councilman Timothy Vessel, Sr. from May 1, 2012 until her eviction on February 4, 2013, barely a month after he assumed office.
According to our news partners at TheCreole.com, Williams filed a complaint with the Gonzales Police Department on February 6, asserting that she had been living in a “shed” owned by Vessel and paying him $550.00 a month rent, utilities included.
Williams also claimed that Vessel had been stealing utilities to serve her “shed” which is located between two residences at 309 and 315 Verna St. owned by Vessel. According to Williams, power to her “shed” was being pulled from both residences and water from the 309 Verna St. address. She was receiving her mail at the 309 Verna St. address.
Vessel had an occupational license issued by the City of Gonzales allowing him to rent out properties. Even so, the “shed” occupied by Debra Williams is not a property of record and cannot be rented out legally. It could not be used as a home, only for storage.