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NC court: Don’t evict woman with no hand in drugs

RALEIGH — A North Carolina appeals court says it would be “unconscionable” for a woman to be evicted from public housing in Goldsboro because a babysitting friend was caught in possession of marijuana.

The state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that North Carolina tenant law allows landlords to evict tenants after several steps are satisfied, but one of those is that the result “is not unconscionable.”

The court ruled that kicking Sherbreda Lofton and her three young children out of public housing should be stopped because they have nowhere else to go. The court noted the Eastern Carolina Regional Housing Authority admits Lofton had no knowledge or involvement in her friend’s drug use. The authority said it was still required to evict Lofton.

Lofton lost her job after losing her babysitter.

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