Residents of sold apartment complex claim it's falling apart - FOX 13 News

Residents of sold apartment complex claim it's falling apart

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -  Jennifer Williams moves out in a few days from Sunset Square apartments, but she is sick.

"I'm mad and I'm hurt. I can't sleep. I can't eat," she said.

A few weeks ago Williams received a notice from Sunset Square, telling her the apartment complex had been sold. Now she along with others have a couple weeks left to move out.

Since she was told to move out, she said the place has gone down hill.

"This trash has been over filling since this last weekend," she pointed out.

She showed FOX 13 a green pool that has been shut down by the health department.

Trash now litters the complex, and she showed photographs of bugs inside her home.

"I understand that they are tearing it down, but we still have to live here until we can get out," she said.

It has left her feeling one way.

"Like a piece of dirt that we don't count," she said.

Others have noticed it too.

"Welcome to the challenging opportunities," said James Valentine.

James Valentine faces one of the hardest moves of his life. The Vietnam veteran lost his legs after the war.

"With no legs sitting in a wheel chair, you can't be packing boxes and then getting them up in the truck or van somewhere," he said.

He moved to Sunset Square to be next to the VA hospital. But after the complex was bought out, he began searching for a new place to call home.

He thinks he has found one.

"Look for a solution and it will be solved," he said.

Kristyl Marler and her family also found a new place to live. They spent the afternoon moving out, but are upset over the disarray.
"It is like they're not still caring about the people here living," she said.

She can't help to wonder what will happen to those left living here until the last day.

"It is a concern that things might continue to go down hill if they're not helping the people," she said.

A Gainesville real estate company is buying the property. It plans to build a new complex targeting USF students and medical workers in the area.

The company is following Florida law, requiring 30 days notice for tenants to pack up and move out.

Most current residents will get a month's rent in return. A spokesperson said it will help those renters find new homes.

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