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New bill gives co-op residents eviction protection

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA9) -- We have a big update to a WUSA9 exclusive that aired back in October. That's when we discovered a blind man had been evicted from his home in Prince George's County, along with his wife and his seeing eye dog.

That eviction caused a fire storm of criticism toward the managers of that co-op housing complex. There have been several investigations since then and just last week, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a bill that is a direct result of Ray Raysor's eviction.

Ray, a blind man, legally disabled, had been evicted from his apartment where he lived for 40 years. Ray's wife and seeing eye dog were also evicted.

It was over fees which he says were unfair, fees which he challenged. Neighbors joined the complaints against the cooperative. The county consumer protection office launched an investigation into the fees for water and other utilities. A judge issued an injunction stopping further evictions until next month.

Just last week, O'Malley signed a bill that gives all cooperative residents more protection.

The new co-op law will help an awful lot of people. Unfortunately, it's too late to help Ray, his wife, and his dog. It was all of eight months ago they were evicted here at the Village Green Homes, and today they still don't have a fixed address.

Ray, his dog, and his now sick wife continue to depend on friends for places to stay. His disability check is their only income.

His home of over 40 years has been rented to another family. The Raysor's are counting on the court to put them back in their old home.

A judge is going to hear a case against the Village Greenhousing co-op next month.