LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Ten days ago, the tenants at the Bethany Rose apartment complexin Lafayette were told the balconies leading to their apartmentswere hazardous. Lafayette building inspectors condemned thebuilding and gave those tenants ten days notice to leave, but somedidn't know where to go, and said the complex gave them little tono aid in relocating.
The parking lot in front of the complex is piled with trash, aswell as box springs, mattresses, and dressers - anything residentsfound too big or too expensive to move in a hurry.
Some said the ordeal has been overwhelming. Gabriel Morales, oneformer Bethany Rose tenant, told NewsChannel 18 that he believedone friend could be homeless in a few days.
The property manager was supposed to help residents find a newplaces to live, but tenant George Wade said that didn't happen.
"My sister did everything on her own. They didn't help us," saidWade.
Wade said the whole situation makes him angry. He said he had tomove the entire contents of a third floor apartment by himself,without receiving any money back from the complex at all.
The balconies are rotting and pulling away from the sides of thebuilding. Morales used to live in this first floor unit where hesaid the inside was just as bad as the outside, if not worse.
"They say, yeah we're going to fix it, but they never come. AndI don't know why," said Morales.
Morales was not the only resident who seemed frustrated by theway that events had played out.
"Stuff falls down and they just kick us out, give us the boot,"said Wade.
Moving expenses haven't helped the situation of the displacedtenants, who said they have not received any refunds on their rentor deposit at Bethany Rose. Between the cost of moving theirbelongings and making a new deposit, some residents had to payhundreds of dollars they did not budget for.
No decisions has been made on whether or not the building willbe torn down or rehabilitated.
The property manager, John Howard, could not be reached forcomment.
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