Families Forced To Move From Uninhabitable Apartments

HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- More than 12 families are told their apartment complex is uninhabitable and that they must move by Oct. 19.

The Wendy Jill Apartment Complex in Hurricane is where Stephanie Garnett is raising her family.

"It's very scary, especially having kids," Garnett said. "It's a hard situation. We don't know what we're going to do."

She, along with a dozen other families, received a letter telling them they must move within 10 days. They say this is the first they've ever heard of the eviction.

"There's been multiple postings on the facility for two or three months,"
Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards said.

The complex was just sold at auction to a new owner. It was foreclosed because it was deemed uninhabitable.

"It's a health hazard," Edwards said. "Four units have been condemned for meth. There are some units that have sewage in them. There are multiple units full of trash."

Most neighbors say they had no idea the apartments were this bad, including Adam Walls who now has to find a new place to live with his dog.

"We weren't aware it wasn't up to code," Walls said. "How are we supposed to know these things? I moved in three months ago and wasn't aware it wasn't up to code. We thought everything was fine, normal, and this would be our place to live."

Allyson Lyman moved in two weeks ago. She says she was never told there were any problems and wasn't aware the complex was going to close.

"Two weeks later, here I am being told I have eight days to get out when I just paid all the money I have to my name here," Lyman said.

The previous property manager says the people who paid October's rent in full will most likely receive that money back. The mayor says they handed out a list of organizations to help aid the families soon to be displaced.

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