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Rental home sewage saga ends in ultimatum for Las Vegas family

Posted at 3:15 PM, Dec 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-01 21:40:15-05

Chrystal Peirson and her family spent the last half of the week packing up their belongings and moving everything into storage.

Peirson says her family has been living out of a nearby hotel after her landlord determined her bathroom needs major repairs.

Contact 13 first reported the problems last week, when Peirson was forced to bring her family to nearby public restrooms after toilet sewage repeatedly backed up into her bathtub.

Since the television report, Peirson says her Florida-based landlord has given her an ultimatum.

"When the house is empty and clean, they will put my security deposit back in my account and half of my November rent," explained Peirson.

The landlord gave the family until Friday to vacate the home.

However, the sewage saga is far from over.

Contact 13 obtained a Southern Nevada Health District inspection report dated November 21, which details the series of problems observed at the rental home:

  • Toilet water spilling onto the floor when flushed
  • Residue from a sewage backup in the bathtub
  • A water leak in a sewage cleanout access area near the front door
  • The inspector noted the home did not meet livability requirements set by Nevada law

The inspector also noted the single-family zoned home had been split into three separate living units, a possible violation of Clark County code.

While Chrystal waits for her money from the landlord, she says Christmas is canceled for her family because she needs the extra cash to put down on a new place. 

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