Nearly 120 families say they are being forced out of their homes in a northeast Miami building.
The Biscayne Shores apartment complex at 700 NE 29th Terrace is under new management and the plan is to demolish the old building for a new high-rise.
"We have been given a 30-day notice to be removed by April 30th," renter Nelson Nunez said.
More than a dozen people picketed outside the building Thursday. In English or Spanish, they said they had one request – more time to find a new home.
The notice also told residents that if they don’t leave by the end of the month, they would be charged double.
"We need time. At least three months, two months," said a renter who only gave her first name of Roberta. "If we pay now, we still have to leave. We don't have money for next month.”
The new property manager, Tammy Tollinchi, said most people living at the complex have agreed to the terms and will be out by the end of the month. For the others, Tollinchi said she is working with the tenants, trying to make the transition as easy as possible.
But for some people, it's not working.
"I'm really mad right now because they didn't have the audacity to come tell us to our face when they got their money," Roberta said. "I give you my money, then a couple days later you give me a notice, then you tell me I gotta go. That's not right."
Tollinchi released a statement on the departures of Biscayne Shores’ tenants.
"We are aware that there are a handful of tenants who may require special assistance and we will be working directly with them to resolve their needs,” she said. “We have followed all the necessary steps required by the State of Florida prior to issuing move-out requests. The vast majority of the tenants who have been notified are in compliance and we are assisting them in making plans to relocate over the coming weeks."
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