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Baymeadows Inn and Suites residents told to move

5:58 PM, Oct 17, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Baymeadows Inn and Suites is a transit housing hotel. Guests can rent by the week or by the month. This week, they were given a 24-hour notice to move out.

Diedre Leggroan was stunned. She has been a resident for two years.

"We work every day and choose to live here because it was economical and this is what we get," she said.

It was short notice and all was stated in the handwritten note is that the bank has taken over.

"It is requested that you be off the property until we handle everything," said the receptionist.

The owner, Bharat Patel, refused to tell us why the residents of Baymeadows Inn and Suites were being kicked out, but promised refunds.

"Everyone that is here that has money coming back will get a refund," said the receptionist. 

According to public records, the property has been in Chapter 11 Bankruptcy since September 2011.

Residents say they knew about the problems with Apex Holdings, but had no idea that it would result in them losing their home.

Christine Bentley just moved into the Baymeadows Inn and Suites.

"They took our money and paid for the week in advance so we're trying to see what's going to happen with this refund deal," said Bentley.

The nonprofit organization, Hurting Families, is trying to help the families relocate. Linda Dayson is the director.

"What they're doing is making money off these people's misery," said Dayson, "so we've got to hold these people accountable. What will it be tomorrow, where will it be tomorrow?"

The owners spend the day giving the residents a refund. 15 residents now have to look for a new place to live.

Bard Markey is the attorney handling the hotel's bankruptcy.

"I just confirmed with my client that the last three residents agreed to leave the property," said Markey, "At this point, the receiver has secured the property."

Markey said he does not represent the receiver so he doesn't know what they plan to do with the property.

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