NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Dozens of residents in a west Nashville apartment complex thought they’d be spending Christmas looking for a new place to live.
It turns out many of them received false notice of eviction.
The Riverwood Apartments sent out letters on Dec. 10 to many of the tenants saying they have not received payment.
The letter goes on to offer a “one-time deal to avoid being turned over for eviction and having your belongings removed from the apartment.”
That deal gives tenants the option to “move all of your belongings out of the apartment and turn your keys in no later than Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.”
Many of the residents who got that notice have paid their rent on time and still have leases into early 2015.
Apartment management said an accounting glitch is to blame for many of the renters getting that notice.
The complex, which is largely inhabited by immigrants, is under new ownership and management.
Late Thursday afternoon, the new management company of Riverwood Apartments, Brookside Properties, sent News 2 the following statement:
“During the ownership transition with the community there was an accounting glitch that we have since corrected. We encourage all residents with concerns to come speak with us, as we are researching and updating affected accounts. We realize the timing of the community sale is not advantageous but we are honoring all lease agreements that are in place. As we work through this transition with each resident we will not be filing evictions for the month of December.”
That two day notice of eviction caught the attention of the Tennessee Justice Center and local immigration advocates.
“This incident has upset the lives of a lot of people, and I hope the property managers realize their responsibility to make this right,” said Chris Coleman with the TJC. “I look forward to hearing what they plan to do to assist former tenants who have already moved as a result of receiving these false eviction notices and how they will ensure that incidents like this do not happen again.”
Several people that live in Riverwood told News 2 that some neighbors have already moved out after they received the notices.