Elderly woman faces eviction while hospitalized

Palm Harbor, Florida – While dealing with the illness of their aging mother, siblings Jeff Allen and Karen Kittl are now dealing with the prospect of their mother, Bertha Allen, losing their home.

"She was going to die and (they) took her to critical care and they stabilized her but she's still in critical care," said Allen.

After she was rushed to Dunedin Mease Hospital last week, a notice came to her home at Southwind Mobile Home Park that she was in violation of the rules of the property.

"You can only spend 30 nights a year here without applying to live here," Allen said. "Now they're trying to evict my mother."

For the last year and a half, they have provided their mother with 24-hour care at her home as her health continued to decline.

"I'm taking care of my mother that's why I'm here. That's all we're here to do is take care of our mother," said Kittl.

The brother and sister said they told the property manager that they don't live at the property – only staying there to take care of their sick mother, but got nowhere.

10 News when to the home of the property manager who sent letter, Sharon VerHage, but she would not come to the door. 10 News also spoke to the owners of Southwind Mobile Home Park Chris and Ben Roddey by phone, but they hung up on the call.

Devin Schindler, a professor at Cooley Law School, reviewed the letter and Florida Statute 723.061, which was used in the letter as the reason that the brother and sister could no longer stay at their mother'a home for an extended amount of time.

"The notice that I have here does not have any corrective action and so on its face it would appear that this first notice may not be effective," Schindler said.

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