Locked Out: Tenants can’t get pets, property from condemned Modesto buildings


, AND IT LED TO ONE PERSON BEING ARRESTED.>>THIS WAS PADLOCKED. NATALIE OPHELIA COOPER CAME HOME : LAST NIGHT TO A PADLOCK ON HER DOOR AND HER SCREEN DOOR TORN OFF. HER BELONGINGS AND T DOGS INSIDE.>>IF THEY KNEW THEY WERE GOING TO DO THIS, THEY SHOULD HAVE CAME TO ME AND SAID YOU NEED TO GET YOUR DOGS BECAUSE WE’RE GOING TO BE PADLOCKING THE APARTMENTS AND THEN THAT’S IT. NATALIE: COOPER AND ABOUT 80 OTHER TENANTS ARE IN THE PROCESS OF RELOCATING AFTER BEING EVICTED FROM THIS MODEST APARTMENT BUILDING. IT WAS CONDEMNED AFTER CITY INSPECTORS FOUND MOLD, STANDING WATER, VERMIN, AND OTHER HEALTH HAZARDS, AND DECLARED IT UNFIT FOR HUMAN OCCUPANCY. THERE’S A SIGN OUTSIDE T LEASING OFFICE THAT SAYS EVERYONE MUST BE OUT BY SEPTEMBER 12 UNLESS YOU’RE ONE OF THE TENANTS WHO HAS LIVED LESS THAN A YEAR. THEN YOUR DEADLINE IS TODAY, OR IT SAYS THE COPS WILL COME.>>MY FAMILY MEMBER GOT ARRESTED LAST NIGHT. HE GOT ARRESTED UNFAIRLY. NATALIE: COOPER SAYS HER FAMILY MEMBER AND NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR WAS ARRESTED AFTER TRYING TO GET IN TO HIS UNIT. MODESTO POLICE TOLD THE PROPERTY MANAGER TO OPEN THE DOORS LAST NIGHT, BUT TODAY, THE PADLOCKS ARE BACK ON.>>FRUSTRATED IS LIKE A NICE WORD FOR WHAT I’M GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW. A VERY NICE WORD. NATALI WE WERE HOPING TO TALK TO YOU FOR KCRA 3 NEWS. WE TRIED TO ASK THE MANAGER ABOUT THE PADLOCKS, AND HAD THE DOOR SHUT ON US. BUT THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS SAYS EVICTING A TENANT INVOLVES A DETAILED COURT PROCESS. AND UNTIL SETTLED, A LANDLORD CANNOT PHYSICALLY REMOVE OR LOCK OUT A TENANT.>>I FEEL LIKE THEY ILLEGALLY LOCKED US OUT OF OUR PLACE. >>THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET IN THERE AND GET WHAT THEY NEEDED TO GET. NATALIE: BREANNA DYE IS WORRIED HER DOOR IS NEXT AND HAS NOWHERE TO GO IF THAT HAPPENS. HOW HARD IS IT TO FIND A NEW PLACE TO LIVE?>>IT IS VERY HARD. I KNEW THIS PLACE WAS UNINHAITABLE WHEN I MOVED HERE BUT IT WAS A ROOF OVER MY KIDS

3 thoughts on “Locked Out: Tenants can’t get pets, property from condemned Modesto buildings

  1. 7/31/18….I would get inside & get my PET if I had to get a fireaxe & take the door down!
    Tenants MUST vacate but living pets can not be harmed! So Humane Society or Dog Catcher or
    neighborgood pet shop owner
    should be notified IMMEDIATELY to get those pets out & in their owner's arms!

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