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Residents deal with fallout from illegal rooming houses crackdown


A rooming house crisis for close to 200 people in Savannah is still unfolding after several illegal rooming houses were closed down last week.

Investigators say Ike Lewis was renting rooms in homes he didn't own.  The homeowners and tenants didn't know, and now the landlord's evicted them.

"We didn't know we were living in an illegal rooming house." said Lisa Isiah.

Isiah did know one thing, a few weeks after everyone at her E 41st St rooming house was told they needed to be out by August 8th, when utilities will be shut off, she had a brand new baby boy.

She'd only been there two months, and Monday afternoon Lisa gave birth to little Isiah. She says he is doing well.

Where Lisa, Isiah, and her 9 year-old daughter will live has been on her mind the last ten days. Residents have plead with the city for help, and the city has said they would, but they also say for $125 a week, like many were paying, the displaced could find comparable rentals all over the city as well as in legal rooming houses.

In Lisa's case, she has been made a priority because of her newborn and will be among the first to be helped out. News that Lisa was happy to hear from her hospital bed.   

"It makes me feel a whole lot better because i have been worrying alot about what i am going to do." said Isiah.

Ike Lewis will be back in court August 19th to hear what Judge Tammy Stokes decides in his case. If he loses, Lewis could face some jail time.

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