Hazel Dell residents evicted on short notice

Seattle-based Madrona Ridge Communities sent the notices

Charladine Daly, a resident at Ghim Village in Hazel Dell, Sept. 8, 2015 (KOIN)
Charladine Daly, a resident at Ghim Village in Hazel Dell, Sept. 8, 2015 (KOIN)

HAZEL DELL, Wash. (KOIN) — Charladine Daly has lived at Ghim Village for more than 8 years, but she knew she’d have to move out by the end of the year. The landlord, Madrona Ridge Communities, planned to remodel.

But eviction notices came early this week and told dozens of people, including the 75-year-old Daly, they’d have to find a new place to live in less than 3 weeks.

“I think it’s a bunch of crap, to put it bluntly,” she told KOIN 6 News.

In the letter that accompanied everyone’s eviction notice the property manager told everyone a planned remodeling construction schedule had changed resulting in this month’s vacate notice.

There is a number for homeless shelter services at the end of the letter.

The management office for Ghim Village and The Hudson in Hazel Dell, Sept. 8, 2015 (KOIN)
The management office for Ghim Village and The Hudson in Hazel Dell, Sept. 8, 2015 (KOIN)

KOIN 6 News went to the downtown Vancouver apartment listed as the management office for Ghim Village and found a note taped to the door:

“Office closed due to meeting. We will be open tomorrow at 9 a.m.”

The Seattle-based Madrona Ridge Communities is the same company that gave short notices to people living in Courtyard Village during the 2014 holidays.

Out of $939 in Social Security Charladine Daly gets every month, she said about $850 goes for rent and utilities. She lives on $89 a month.

Apartments at Ghim Village in Hazel Dell, Sept. 8, 2015 (KOIN)
Apartments at Ghim Village in Hazel Dell, Sept. 8, 2015 (KOIN)

She has no idea where she’ll live and doesn’t have move-in money she’ll need for a new place.

“They didn’t come in here to be our friends but they could have come in here a little differently and made different arrangements for everyone,” she said.

Vancouver City Councilor Alisha Topper said she is shocked, angered and frustrated.

“I think every emotion that comes with knowing that other people are hurting  and have no other options,” Topper told KOIN 6 News.

She pushed for a city ordinance requiring landlords to provide adequate eviction notice lead times.  She told KOIN 6 News among those evicted will be more than 30 students in Vancouver Public Schools.

“What we’re going to try and do is a fundraising campaign to help with move-in costs and application fees,” she said. “It’s not cheap to have to move.”

There are provisions in the city of Vancouver to prevent quick move-out notices, but the complex handing out these notices is in the count and not subject to the same rules.

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