Eviction nears for Durham tenants

December 9, 2012 2:54:11 PM PST
A deadline is just weeks away for the remaining tenants at a Durham apartment complex to move out.

Financial problems led to a private board of directors to send sudden eviction notices in October at Lincoln Apartments.

Many of the residents moved out, but a few stayed behind and were allowed to live in the complex until the end of the year.

Some of those tenants say they can't afford the move on such short notice.

"I have a job, yes! I have four kids that I have to provide for. I don't have that kind of money, to just up and move like they wanted us to," Lachaunte Rankin said.

Even some of the former residents who were able to move out told ABC11 the apartments are outdated and crime in the area is a problem.

"The plumbing over here is terrible. When they built these apartments, they weren't built for air conditioning or washer and dryer, because when they built these in the 70s they weren't built for that," former resident Torrey Green said.

Rankin and Green both said burglars lurk in the neighborhood after dark to steal copper and other goods.

"I'm getting very scared. They're kicking in these doors, getting carpet, taking people's air conditioners," Rankin said.

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