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Fresno Tenants Demand Withdrawal of Illegal Eviction Notices
by Mike Rhodes ( editor [at] fresnoalliance.com )
Wednesday Aug 21st, 2013 6:21 PM
Tenants Together, California’s Statewide Organization for Renters’ Rights, held a Press Conference at Noon today in Fresno. They are taking action to fight dozens of illegal eviction notices that were delivered to tenants at the Fresno Inn last week. The Community Alliance newspaper attended the Press Conference where we shot this 7:30 minute video. For more information about Tenants Together, call (559) 426-5538.
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by Dan Waterhouse
Wednesday Aug 21st, 2013 8:15 PM
The Fresno Inn residents will have to move. The realignment of Highway 99 removes the Inn.
by Aimee
Wednesday Aug 21st, 2013 10:57 PM
....they should be given proper notice and receive relocation funds. Forcing families to move in 3 days for no cause is not only illegal, it's immoral.
by Dan Waterhouse
Thursday Aug 22nd, 2013 6:31 AM
...the landlord's timing is highly suspect.

I'm familiar with the Highway 99 realignment project and the story in today's Fresno Bee is accurate. There is a process for acquiring property and tenants are included in that process. Construction is months if not a year away, and property has not been acquired yet.

It's my opinion, for what it's worth, that the property owner simply wants to close the Inn down. The Bee story indicates two wings are boarded up and code violation notices were posted by the City last week. The landlord knows the 99 project is coming so he feels it will be a waste of time and money to fix the place up. It's easier to clear the property out and board it up until it's torn down.

He should follow the legal process. But Tenants United and the residents hopefully will recognize that the tenants will have to find new housing shortly.