- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) - Occupants of a motel in northern Iowa packed up their belongings Tuesday after a court order upheld their eviction by the facility’s owner.

Cerro Gordo County sheriff’s deputies watched as a handful of people moved furniture and other items out of the Silver Boot Motel in Clear Lake, the Mason City Globe Gazette reported (https://bit.ly/1DxGUnN ). A deputy went room to room to make sure people were in the process of moving out.

“Get loaded up. You’re on borrowed time,” a deputy told one occupant.

Magistrate Patrick Byrne ruled Friday that motel owner Ted Christensen was within his rights to evict the occupants. Christensen waited for sheriff’s deputies by his truck Tuesday morning.

“I’ll just be glad when this is over with,” he said.

Christensen has said he is trying to sell the motel and has a potential buyer, but a condition of the sale required no tenants.

Some occupants had lived in the motel for a year or more. They argued they were not given proper eviction notices, and at least one asked another court to issue a temporary injunction prohibiting a shutdown of the motel’s utilities and other efforts to evict the tenants.

But Byrne said in his ruling Friday that “no defendant has made claim that they are current in their payment of rent … or that they did not know they were to leave the Silver Boot Motel.”

Chris Wood, a 40-year-old motel occupant, said he has general plans after moving out.

“Like I said, I’ll go duck hunting. I don’t care about me. I’m concerned about the others,” he said.


Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/

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