Facing eviction: 'I'm 82, partially disabled. Something's not right'

Facing eviction: 'I'm 82, partially disabled. Something's not right'

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — After a successful effort to save his Section 8 housing assistance, 82-year-old Bill Quigley is facing eviction from his apartment.

The last Eyewitness News heard from Quigley, he faced losing his apartment because a faulty stove would not pass Section 8 housing inspection.

Urner's Appliance Center stepped in to donate a new stove, and Quigley kept his housing assistance and his apartment.

Last Friday, however, Eyewitness News learned the act of kindness may have all been for nothing.

Quigley was served an eviction noticed dated June 1. The landlord wants him out by the first of September.

But, Quigley said he was not served that notice until two weeks ago, when he happened to stop by the Housing Authority office.

He said the notice he did receive was intended for a different apartment.

"They say they gave it to me personally, that's a lie. Believe me when I tell you,” said Quigley, “they left the thing on the door and it was for (apartment 16), who also got a 90-day notice. That's the only thing I ever got."

Quigley said he does not understand why the landlord would evict him.

"I don't care if they own the property, unless I had cops coming, I did drugs or made noise after 10 o'clock or something," the Korean War vet said. "But is it a coincidence that since I got the stove they want me out? No, I’m sorry, there's something wrong."

The notice did not list a reason for eviction.

But, Stephen Pelz of the Kern County Housing Authority said the landlord doesn't need an excuse to evict.

"A 90-day notice doesn't require a specific violation of the lease in order to evict,” said Pelz. "It doesn't happen very often. usually the landlords want them to continue to participate in the program, to stay in their unit, so it’s pretty rare that someone will get a 90-day notice."

Eyewitness News efforts to contact the landlord have failed.

Nevertheless, Quigley has been issued a housing voucher towards a new apartment and plans to move, but he doesn't want to.

"I would like to stay here. I’ve got a nice little place. But according to them, they can do whatever they want to do," he said.

The Housing Authority official said he sympathizes with Quigley’s situation but said he has no choice but to move, and they plan to support him in that goal.

"From our perspective, if somebody is evicted for no cause, we want them to be able to stay in the program," said Pelz. "We want them to continue, so we accommodate and assist them with that."

Quigley said he believes the whole situation is unfair and unjust.

"Forget I’m a vet. I’m 82, partially disabled. Something’s not right somewhere," he said.

Quigley will get to keep the new stove from Urner’s if he moves to a new apartment.