To the Editor,
The residents of East Lumberton are having problems with rental properties in East Lumberton. We cannot and will not have people afraid to be in their own yards or afraid to sit on their own porches because of people who are renting property in our neighborhoods.
We have made the decision to continue living in East Lumberton. Some of you landlords decided to move elsewhere, either in another section of the city or another city or state; however, you still should be considerate of others and keep up your property and be more aware of who you rent to.
We are the ones that have to see and hear these things. Would you like to have your renters living right beside you or in front of you so you could see and hear all of this? If a sign was up in front of your rental property saying you owned it, would you be proud or ashamed?
We deserve respect just as much as any other section of this city. Do landlords know how many times the Lumberton Police Department has to be called out to your property a month or weekly or daily? You need to ask because each time we have to call them because of problems, for example gunshots, we need to be calling you also.
We are asking for your help to get our community back before someone gets killed. It could be your property someone gets killed on. If you would not want them as your neighbors, then don’t let them be our neighbors either.
Chairman of Community Watch