Hallandale Beach apartment residents forced from homes after building goes into foreclosure

Commissioner fights to have city help relocate tenants

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Families say they are being forced from their homes in Hallandale Beach after their apartment building went into foreclosure.

An eviction notice telling families they have 30 days to vacate their home was left on the front doors of tenants.

"I just moved in January, so I was not expecting to move. I have a year lease," Fallon Hayes said.

The building, home to 26 people and one storefront, is under foreclosure.

Tenants saw the court order about four months ago, but property managers promised in writing that it was only the result of "miscommunication" and that tenants were not in danger of being evicted.

"They're slumlords," another tenant, Mattie Mongo, said. "They take your rent this day and the next day they give you an eviction. What kind of person is that?"

"We only have I'd say about two weeks to find a home, but with no money because the owner wants to keep our security deposit and charge us $22 a day after the first," Yvette Caro said.

Even though the building is in foreclosure, "For Rent" signs are still on display. Local 10 News reporter Terrell Forney was told that one man moved in earlier this month, only to be given an eviction notice a few days later.

"They're putting us out on the streets," Caro said.

Tenants said they have no money to pick up and move somewhere else.

"I don't know. We need help," Mongo said.

Tenants said there are also growing concerns that security deposits won't be refunded.

"That doesn't work for me. I'm sorry," Hallandale Beach Commissioner Keith London said.

London said the city has since made a move to purchase the property and demolish the building, which sits across from a planned fire station.

He said he voted against the idea and has been pushing the city to offer residents relocation assistance.

"What are we waiting for?" London said. "We paid $1.3 million for this building and we're talking about $26,000 to make people whole, and this gentleman is holding up their security deposits? What are we going to wait for? Until their belongings are out on the street? Not on my watch."

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