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Miami Beach apartment residents say their rights are being violated after leases terminated

MIAMI BEACH – Dozens of households stay displaced after they say their landlord, Sentinel Corp. terminated their leases.

“I’m in the hole right now $10,000 dollars,” stated tenant Jose Maldonado.

Maldonado moved from New York to the Annell apartment complicated on seventh and Euclid Avenue final October. He stated he had no thought the constructing was in disrepair.

“Someone gets rain coming in through their lamp, another gets rain coming through the window, the lobby gets flooded routinely,” stated Maldonado.

After many complaints to restore points, he stated, it fell on deaf ears.

In June, a part of the roof collapsed throughout a storm.

The Sentinel Corp. put all the tenants in motels, however just a few days later they obtained an electronic mail saying all leases had been terminated.

Tenant Mark Williamson stated with being out of the blue displaced, payments had been stacking up.

“In the first two weeks you can spend a thousand dollars just for travel and food,” stated Williamson.

After the occasions in Surfside, the Tenant Bill of Rights was up to date to additional shield residents from landlord negligence.

“[[The landlord must provide]] all necessary arrangements to relocate the displaced residents into housing that is safe, sanitary, and secure until such time that the building, unit, or units are made safe for re-occupation, or for at least a three-month period, and further requires the owner to pay or cause to be paid all of the reasonable expenses involved in such relocation.”

The tenants of Annell stated they have not obtained a dime.

CBS4 reached out to Sentinel Corp., which is predicated in New York City, and their receptionist could not refer anybody to talk to us.

“We’re fighting to protect normal hardworking people and families, so they are not displaced like this again,” stated Williamson.

CBS4 Miami reached out to the City of Miami Beach and is awaiting a response. 

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