Your Stories: Brockport couple duped by supposed landlord
Brockport, N.Y. - Normally this time of year you're stressed about putting gifts under the Christmas tree. But for one Brockport couple, it's putting another roof over the heads of their three children.
"It's horrible, it's devastating," said Kayleigh McDonald.
In September, McDonald and Jamie Ergott and their children were excited to move into a 3-bedroom home. But last week, they learned the landlord they were paying each month never owned the home and the bank foreclosed on it the day before they moved in.
"We kind of have to scramble and try to figure out how we're moving, where we're moving all our stuff again," said McDonald. "I'm not really in a condition to help pack and move."
That's because McDonald just had breast cancer surgery two weeks ago. Shortly after, the couple got a notice in the mail from Wells Fargo Bank saying they had to move out by February 1st.
"You're messing with people's families," McDonald said. "It's not just one person, it's a family."
The couple found the house through Craigslist.
"He said he was trying to sell this house, but it wasn't selling and he would try to rent it out to us," Ergott explained.
As it turns out, the bank, not the man posing as the landlord, possessed it.
The couple says they had to install new locks, appliances and room doors. In 3 months, counting security deposit and rent, the couple is out close to $5,000.
"Obviously, I want to sue him for the money that we put into this house."
13WHAM went to find Chuck Hain, the man they were sending checks to. Nobody answered the door at a Penfield home in his name. When we did find him and started to ask questions, he got into his truck and drove away.
"We just don't want this to happen to anybody else because it's horrible," McDonald added.
The couple did file a police report with Brockport police, and they spoke with a lawyer who says he never seen a case like this.
13WHAM will continue to investigate this situation and seek out an explanation from the man to whom they were paying rent.