Reporting Jason Allen
EULESS (CBSDFW.COM) – Thirteen families in Euless said that they are being pushed out of their homes by a church-backed college.
Some of the residents at Vienna Terrace received notices on Saturday that they must be out of their apartments by the end of the month. The city issued notices saying that their water will be shut off by Thursday, for an unpaid bill of $1,690.
They were even more surprised to find a rendering online of what appears to be their homes rebuilt as a college dorm. The website for Messenger College portrays the building as the new student housing when it makes its move from Joplin, Missouri to Euless.
“We’re being treated unfairly,” said Laura Lecher, a resident at Vienna Terrace.
“Everybody’s on a fixed income and they can’t just move out in two weeks,” added April Hines.
The two were sitting with other residents in a breezeway on Tuesday afternoon. They were waiting for a property manager who they expected to return with more information. The first notices on Saturday said that the building had a new owner, and they had to leave by the end of July.
For most of the families here, including Daniel and Ashley Muzolf and their two young daughters, moving isn’t as easy as it sounds. “We’re not going to have any money to go and get another place,” said Ashley.
Many residents echoed those concerns. They are on fixed incomes and have no money for security deposits. Building management said that no one will end up on the street, and it is possible that the new owners will help residents move — but moving is inevitable. “We have to go about what the others want,” said Joel Delgado, a manager for Wehner MultiFamily. “It’s their property and they want it 100 percent vacated.”
Despite the notice that the water would be cut off, Delgado said that utilities will not be turned off and that unpaid bills will be taken care of. The company has also offered to move residents into one of its other properties. The closest building is in Irving.
Delgado could not say for certain whether the college in Missouri is the new owner. Messages left for the college late Tuesday were not immediately returned.
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