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PICS: Families Forced Out Of Spartanburg Brookwood Inn

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Spartanburg County Code Enforcement officers say they found multiple violations and claimed the building was basically unlivable. Spartanburg County Code Enforcement officers say they found multiple violations and claimed the building was basically unlivable.
Residents told us they had no gas and no hot water for two days. Some complained of mold and cockroaches. Residents told us they had no gas and no hot water for two days. Some complained of mold and cockroaches.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Several families have been forced to move out of the Brookwood Inn on College Drive in Spartanburg Friday. This comes after officials say severe code violations prompted them to condemn the property Thursday.

Spartanburg County Code Enforcement officers say they found multiple violations and claimed the building was basically unlivable.

Residents told us they had no gas and no hot water for two days. Some complained of mold and cockroaches.

7 On Your Side's Mike Manzoni reports there are no smoke detectors in some of the rooms, while other rooms have those alarms installed, but they don't work.

Seventy three families have been impacted. The majority of them tell us they have no resources to find a place to stay.

If you need help finding a place to stay, you can contact the following organizations:

  • United Way 211
  • Upstate Homeless Coalition 864-595-5304\
  • Miracle Hill Ministries 864-583-1628
  • Spartanburg Interfaith Hospitality Network 864-597-0699
  • The Haven Shelter 864-582-6737
  • Regional Housing Authority 864-489-3193
  • Union Housing Authority 864-427-9679
  • Spartanburg Housing Authority 864-598-6000
  • Salvation Army 864-57-6670
  • Greater Spartanburg Ministries 864-585-9371
  • First Baptist Helping Center 864-596-4109

The residents tell 7 On Your Side they were paying $200 a week to stay at Brookwood Inn.

"I have nowhere else to go. If I had somewhere else to go, I wouldn't be laying up in this motel. I'd rent a house or something," said Libby Cox.

The mother of six said Brookwood Inn was her only affordable option.

"For my kids to have a roof over their head…water and power and place for my kids to lay their head down so DSS didn't take them. Now, my kids are going to be out on the street because of this hotel that took my 600 dollars," Cox added.

Cox is one of several residents who said they are paid in full and demanded their money back from the motel's owners.

Investigators said Thursday that the fact that there was no clear ownership of the property was making it a difficult case.

A news release was later sent out from K&C Hospitality clearing up the issue.

A judge awarded K&C management full receivership of the property from D&P Hospitality.

"Kalpana Patel, On behalf of K&C Hospitality Management LLC, Receivership appointee manager do apologize to all families inconvenienced by the actions of former Management and its employees," the release stated.

It went on to say the company is working with officials to fix the situation, and that the new management is welcoming back families once violations are corrected.

New management apologized for the property's former management and said, "They screwed it up, WE WILL MAKE IT RIGHT."
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