Magistrate: Glenwood Apartment eviction is illegal | News
A woman is suing her apartment complex after being told she has to leave due to renovations.
We reported at the beginning of June that tenants at an apartment complex came home to a letter on their doors, saying that the apartments had new owners.
It also said they were going through extensive renovations and that all residents had to leave the apartments within 60 days.
We spoke to Bibb County Chief Magistrate Billy Randall, who says that the eviction is illegal.
He says the apartments have to go through a legal process and prove they have a good reason to evict tenants.
Renovating, Randall says, isn't good enough.
Darnisha Smith filed a lawsuit against the owners.
She says it may be difficult financially for many tenants to move out.
She also says there are many reasons why she and others shouldn't have to find somewhere else to live.
"We just want to be comfortable and get on with our lives so we can do whatever we're doing," Smith said, "For me, it's getting my education, so that I can move up to the next level. For someone else, it's providing for their families, for someone else it's, 'Look, I'm comfortable here.'"
The letter said tenants must leave by July 31st.