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Lawsuit alleges Huntsville landlord rented out condemned home

A lawsuit alleges a Huntsville house was rented after the city condemned it. (Source: WAFF) A lawsuit alleges a Huntsville house was rented after the city condemned it. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

You could call it a story of misfortune and possible misinformation. Two people say they rented a Huntsville home, only to find out the city condemned the property. Now they're suing the landlord.

The lawsuit was filed in small claims court. It alleges the landlord collected the first month's rent and a security deposit knowing the house was unlivable and in substandard condition.

According to court documents, Charles Bendall, who is listed as the owner of Bendall Properties, rented a north Huntsville house to two people. They paid $1,250 in cash, got the keys to the place and moved in.

They say when they tried to get the utilities turned on, they were told the city of Huntsville had condemned the property.

The story doesn't end there. Court records show the renters tried to get their money back, waited days to recover it then discovered the locks to the house had been changed and they couldn't get any of their personal belongings out until three days later.

The lawsuit claims the landlord violated the Alabama Uniform Landlord Tenant Act.

The couple is asking for nearly $2,000 in damages, which is the equivalent of three months rent. 

WAFF 48 News tried contacting Charles Bendall multiple times without success.

Cindy Bendall, who identified herself as the owner, sent the following email:

I am the owner of Bendall Properties and have no legal interest in any property owned or managed by Charles Bendall.  Likewise, his rental properties and his name have nothing to do with my business.

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