Days Inn Shuts off Utilities to Push Residents Out
Long-term residents at a Days Inn in Charlotte got water and electricity back Tuesday after the hotel shut it off in an attempt to force them out. Some people who live at the Days Inn on East Woodlawn Road are semi-permanent residents, paying a few hundred dollars a week.
Under North Carolina law, if a hotel or motel is your permanent residence, you're considered a tenant, with all the same protections as anyone renting an apartment or a house. “So for those families, any type of eviction other than going through eviction court is what the law calls a 'self-help eviction' -- which means an illegal eviction," said lawyer Isaac Sturgill of Legal Aid of North Carolina.