Feces in basement leaves homes unfit for several Toledo families

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - "Unfit for human habitation". That's the notice three Toledo families renting homes have received after raw sewage built up in their homes. The landlord hasn't addressed the problem and now they're forced to move.

Anyone can smell the human feces as soon as you enter the door and the issue is all the way in the basement.

Human feces has been coming up through the drain in the unit Brittney Mionte is renting on Andora Street.

"There's nothing you can do to get the smell out. Clean every day, bleach, no matter what. You've got to burn stuff on the stove and that only lasts for a good 10-15 minutes. The smell is right back. It's ridiculous, it's very ridiculous," said Mionte.

Ridiculous to the point where a shovel was used to scoop the poop.

"It's very frustrating because I actually liked the neighborhood. Me and my kids were very comfortable here," said Mionte.

She got a notice from the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department that her unit was unfit for human habitation as did Shekera Stuart who lives next door in the duplex. Stuart moved in recently. She thought the landlord was being helpful.

“I was heartbroken because he told me that I wouldn't have to worry here. Our house flooded down the street so we came here," said Stuart.

Both of the two need to leave not just because of the smell, not just the notification of unfit for human habitation but just this week the bank foreclosed on the property.

"I’m upset about the whole situation but I mean at the end of the day I have to look out for me and my kids' health," said Mionte.

We caught up with the landlord on the phone Thursday night. He said he was working on things and as for the foreclosure, he says he got behind. He said he's taking care of issues at the building next door which he is also owns. That’s where Gretel Ramirez got the unfit for habitation notice as well. She's feeling as you'd expect.

"Horrible, I've got my kids in the house and they can get sick from it," said Ramirez.

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department has given the landlord until Tuesday to fix the unit when another inspection is scheduled.

A tip for anyone have an issue with a landlord in Toledo: Use rent escrow. If things aren't being addressed, you can pay your rent directly to the housing court through rent escrow.

That way you won't be thrown out for not paying rent and your issues will hopefully be addressed.