SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Dozens of people in one Sacramento County apartment complex who were served with no-fault eviction notices could be forced out of their homes the day before Thanksgiving.
Debbie Stollery, 68, is living in crisis, facing a holiday she fears she could end up homeless after receiving a no-fault eviction notice at her Arden-area apartment.READ MORE: Texas Man Pleads Guilty To 1995 Killing Of Jogger In Redding
“I’ve never been homeless and I’m scared,” Stollery said. “I have to be out the day before Thanksgiving.”
She said she feels like a failure because she can’t afford to live like everyone is expected to live.
Nearly everyone in her 58-unit complex received the notice, forced out as part of the sale of the building. Stollery lives on a low, fixed-income and says she won’t be able to find another affordable home to rent.READ MORE: PG&E Criminally Liable For Deadly Zogg Fire In Shasta County, Prosecutors Say
“I can hire someone to help me move my stuff to a storage locker, and I’ll have to live in my car,” Stollery said.
The term’s of the building’s sale includes an agreement to terminate tenant leases before a new statewide rent control law kicks in on January 1. The deadline is leading to a spike in evictions in many California communities before the new year.
“It’s a crisis and people are getting no-fault evictions at a much higher rate than usual,” Chad Osborn with the Sacramento Tenants Union.
Now, Sacramento’s Board of Supervisors is considering an emergency ordinance that would ban no-fault evictions for the rest of the year. The proposed ban would allow Stollery to stay, saving her from a financial crisis.MORE NEWS: 42 Structures Now Destroyed As Dixie Fire Grows To 226,421 Acres
The proposed ban requires four of five board of supervisors votes to pass. The vote is scheduled for Tuesday.