In S.C., landlords defaulting, and renters suffer

Tamika Shears says she never missed a rent payment, but she was still forced out of her home.

Her situation reflects a growing number of renters facing eviction because of the widening foreclosure crisis gripping Charlotte along with the rest of the nation.

Shears and her two children had lived in a four-bedroom house in northwest Charlotte for more than a year when their landlord lost the house to foreclosure.

"My first thought was, 'Where are we going to go?' " she recalled.

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