OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - Eyewitness News found out some motel owners have filed a lawsuit against the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.
Channel 9's Racquel Asa has their complaints and why the Sheriff's Office said they're wrong.
Rabbani Ghoholam said he's lost more than $10,000 in eviction fees and lost payment from people staying at his motel who don't want to leave.
It's a problem the
Association members said the
"It doesn't even matter that they didn't pay. It just matters that they have no place to go," Peggy Choudhry of the
Choudhry said the Sheriff's Office is saying it is now their problem.
"We're forced to go into court, file a lawsuit, incur attorney's fees to remove guests that the Sheriff's Office should have helped us get out," said attorney Marc Jones.
The Osceola County Sheriff's Office hadn't even seen the lawsuit
Out of 51 calls to hotels and motels, 49 ended with some action taken, said the
"I can tell you we have had several meetings with them. We are working with them and we will continue to work with them to address their concerns," said Twis Lizasuain with the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.
Motels and hotels said they've dealt with the problem for five years.
"We're small businesses, we're the ones that made a lot of 192 happen and grow," Choudhry said.