Commissioner London fights to have city help relocate tenants

Friends and Neighbors,

A heartbreaking story is happening right here in our community. A Hallandale Beach apartment complex is forcing its tenants out. Leaving 26 of our neighbors without a home in 30 days

What’s causing this action? The City of Hallandale Beach CRA has an agreement to purchase a building only after the current owner removes all the tenants. Daniel Rosemond CRA Executive Director then wants to demolish the property. 

The current owner is in such a hurry to cash the CRA’s check he is resorting to illegal tactics by threating to withhold the tenants security deposits. This makes no sense withholding a security deposit for a building which is slated to be demolished. (See the condition of the building in the WPLG 10 news story below.) 

The CRA has NO defined plan for this building or the vacant land, currently we own approximately 3 acres across the street!

“Not on my watch”.

If our city is willing to pay $1.3 million for this property, we can find the $26k --less than 2% of the total cost-- to make our neighbors whole. I will fight to make sure these tenants have a clear path to finding a home; it's the right thing to do. I encourage you to join in on the discussion to ensure our neighbors have respect. 

Click here to contact your City Commission and let them know your tax dollars should not support throwing families out on the street. 

See below for the original WPLG10 broadcast on this topic.  

Keeping you informed,

Commissioner Keith S. London

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

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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