82-Year-Old Black Woman at Risk of Losing Home of 35 Years, GoFundMe Started To Help
A 82-year-old woman is at risk of losing the home she has lived in for over three decades. Marie Riggins has lived in the Carlton Square community of Inglewood, California, for 35 years and is fighting to keep her home after the community’s homeowner’s association left her with two options: pay the $38,000 owed or move.
Riggins and her late husband moved into the neighborhood in 1986, but it wasn’t until 2017 that she began to fall behind on the dues after his passing from complications related to pancreatic cancer. Riggins filed for bankruptcy following her husbands death and continued to work, while also relying on social security checks. However, she wasn’t able to get the money to pay for sum.
Riggins disputed the high number that the Carlton Square Homeowners Association is claiming she owes, saying that it’s impossible for her to be that deep in debt. “There’s no way in the world that I would owe $38,000,” she told KTLA. “That meant I never paid my property dues.” It’s unclear of Riggins’ exact circumstances, but in many cases, the amount of HOA fees will escalate when attorney fees are added after an association has decided to pursue the fees legally.
The area around Riggins’ home is experiencing gentrification due to the 2020 completion and opening of the SoFi Stadium, which is about 1.5 miles from the neighborhood. The multi-billion-dollar project has been the source of much contention within the community. Riggins’ home is now worth almost a $1 million.
A GoFundMe page has been created by real estate lawyer Nissan Thomas Esq. on behalf of Riggins explains that she has less than 30 days before she will be forced out her home. “The Los Angeles County Sheriff has placed a lockout notice on her door, and within less than 30 days, she will be permanently locked out of the home she has resided in for the past 30+ years. Ms. Riggins has retained our services to negotiate additional time to stay the lockout.”
As of now, the GoFundMe has raised over $73,000 for Riggins to cover her HOA fees.
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