Increase in Evictions Throughout the Basin, Booming Economy Partially to Blame

By Jen Kastner
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- The number of eviction notices being posted on doors around the Basin is on the rise.

Dianna Wells rents out a small one-bedroom home in Midland. She earns a modest income as a full time cleaning lady. Until now, she has managed to get by. However, this month she was told her monthly rent payment would nearly double.

"It's just a surprise that it can go up that much and there's not a lot you can say about it," Wells said.

Wells is trying her best to stay afloat.

"Of course I'm working extra hours but after a while you're just tired," she adds. So far, she's dodging eviction. Yet, many Basin residents aren't as lucky.

Ector County Sheriff's Department deputies are seeing an increase in the number of eviction papers they have to serve. The booming economy is much in part to blame. Renters are getting gouged. The oil industry workers need a place to stay and they make enough money to hand over a bigger rent check than minimum-wage earners.

Sgt. Gary Duesler says, "We have literally been on a move-out of a person where [another] person is ready to take their place and is parked out on the curb ready for us to turn the key over to the landlord so they can move in within 15 minutes."

If you're struggling with money, now is the time to look over your lease agreement.

"It's not always a 30-day notice. Some of them only have to give 24-hours notice. If that's what they agreed to and you signed it then that's all they have to give," Sgt. Duesler said.

Wells says she'll do everything in her power to keep her home.

"I'll take extra work. I'll work seven days a week if I have to because I'm determined to do it," Wells said.