Annie Brown has not stopped looking for a new place to live since she found what was apparently a mistakenly sent eviction notice on her front door at the apartment complex where she lives in Portland. That’s because the single mother believes the new owner’s improvements to the property and changes to tenants’ leases will ultimately result in her having to leave.
In mid-October, at least 18 eviction notices appeared at apartments where tenants use public assistance to pay their rent, informing them to leave within about two months. It wasn’t until a reporter asked about the mass eviction earlier this week that the real estate investment company hired by the new owner, a corporation formed by members of a philanthropic Massachusetts family, said the letters had been sent in error.
The company issued a new round of letters Wednesday apologizing for the mistake and telling tenants that they did not actually need to depart by Dec. 31.
But the newest letters leave open the possibility that tenants using a Housing Choice Voucher, often referred to as Section 8, could still have to move if the terms of the new owner’s lease doesn’t fit the requirements of their public assistance program. Rent at the complex, known as the Woodwinds, is also likely to increase after the new owner addresses a series of code violations.