Group living in now-closed motel given an extension

Sgt. Jeff Benton talks with people living at the Golden Sands Inn.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WPDE) - A group of people living at a Myrtle Beach motel who were supposed to be out Monday, now have more time to find a new place to live.

Monday afternoon, people staying at the Golden Sands Inn were still in their rooms despite being told on Friday they had less than three days to leave. For some their situation is dire because they said they've been paying rent to Mohamed Abdou, the man running the motel.

"I have no food right now, because I've been paying all my rent. I got three babies, nowhere to go, no money," explained Justin Ulven. "It's ridiculous. People should not have to deal with this."

"He took $280 from me last Friday morning before me and my girl, my fiance, goes out of town to work for the weekend," added Charles Rumsey.

Friday, the Horry County Sheriff's Office served Abdou a writ of ejection, also known as an eviction notice. The eviction comes from the property owner, and it essentially puts the group staying at the motel out as well.

Because foreign students and families were staying at the Golden Sands Inn long term, Sgt. Jeff Benton says they now have until July 12 at 9 a.m. to leave.

Another issue with the building is it's not up to code.

According to the Myrtle Beach Fire Marshal Bruce Arnel, a recent inspection showed several electrical, storage and structural issues. Those staying at the motel, say that's not all. "I've been living in cockroaches, like my building is infested with cockroaches. He does nothing to fix it. I had to wait a week to get a stove," said Ulven. "This place needs to be condemned."

According to Horry County records, the property taxes for that property were not paid last year.