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Columbia Court

September 24, 2018

Report on the Sarasota Solidarity Network's tenant campaign at Columbia Court.

Issue

Ownership of Columbia Court building changed ownership several times between July 2017 and February 2018. When the original landlords sold the building, they presumably switched all tenant rental agreements to month-to-month leases. The most recent owners, Belmont Associates, issued an agreement termination notice on February 19th, 2018, demanding that the tenants move out in nine days, on the 28th. (For reference, Florida law states that tenants on a month-to-month lease must be given at least 15 days to move out following termination of a lease.)

Tenant J.R. came first to SaraSol for assistance in fighting against the landlords wrongful “eviction” notice, as the notice itself provided no point of contact or actual notice that landlords had changed, and they surmised that something was wrong with the situation.

Timeline


Results

We would call this a “soft win.” The person who called in the complaint (J.R.) got the resolution they needed (a week-long extension on the non-renewal notice) before the SolNet needed to put any pressure on Belmont Associates. However, as we lost contact with J.R., we do not know if J.R. experienced any other issues with Belmont, or whether they got a deposit back, and these are issues that the SolNet could have potentially assisted with.

What Worked

What We Could Do Better Next Time


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