CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) - The owner of the Silver Boot Motel is seeking to evict long-term residents so he can sell the Clear Lake property, but they are fighting to stay.
Owner Ted Christensen went to court Monday with a petition seeking the right to put out the residents who say they have paid rent and should be able to remain in the rooms. The Silver Boot motel has allowed tenants to pay by the month and use the lodgings as if they were apartments.
Christensen’s attorney said a ruling is expected by the end of this week, the Mason City Globe Gazette reported (https://bit.ly/1o8Ug6G ).
A district judge has approved a temporary injunction preventing the evictions, and a hearing on a permanent injunction has been set for later this month. A resident filed the temporary injunction through the help of Iowa Legal Services.
Earlier this year, there were 15 tenants at the motel, but now there are five. They claim Christensen has tried to kick them out with little or no notice and has cut off their utilities.
“I have to keep warm with a blanket since he turned off the utilities,” said Diane DuClos, who’s lived at the motel for seven years. “All he had to do was give us notice. On Oct. 2 he gave me my check and told me it was my last check, that I had to get out. No notice.”
Christensen said that residents pay utilities as part of their rent, which many are behind on. He said he had someone lined up to buy the property and that a closing on the deal had been set for Sept. 29.
“One owes me $1,000,” he said. “Paying the utility bill was to come out of the closing on the property. But since that didn’t happen, I couldn’t pay the utility bill and Alliant shut them off.”
Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/
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