NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) – A large apartment owner around St. Louis is accused of attempting to evict tenants without following CDC eviction guidelines. In one case, the company is accused of providing false documents to deport someone.
Taylor Lambert is raising two children in apartments in Oak Park in northern St. Louis County. During her pregnancy, Lambert says she lost her job in a warehouse.
“I don’t have a job, so I’m unemployed, it’s hard to pay it in full,” she said.
Until recently, she faced eviction. Lambert printed a statement from the CDC and signed it, it is supposed to give tenants affected by the COVID = 19 pandemic a stay of eviction until June 30. and I kept demanding payment, just make payment, don’t take it, just make payment. “
Lambert even took a photo of him sitting in the principal’s office, but said eviction notices kept coming in.
“We are seeing a landlord who ignores the moratorium on evictions and tries to get people out of their apartments,” said Rob Swearingen of Eastern Missouri Legal Services. He is now Lambert’s lawyer.
“They have an obligation to stop this eviction when they get this declaration. In this case, we know for a fact that they didn’t, ”Swearingen said.
The Oak Park apartment complex is managed by Monarch Management Group, a Colorado company that manages 64,000 apartments in 21 states. 25 of these resorts are in the Saint-Louis area, including the Paddock Village apartments. Swearingen says this resort recently presented a false letter to a tenant. In bold red, it reads “Eviction Notice, Evacuate Immediately” and indicates a false legal file number.
The letter reads a message: “You are hereby ordered to leave this property immediately. A judgment restoring the premises to the owner was entered by the St. Louis County Circuit Court.
But it turns out that is not true.
“This is completely wrong. it has a case number which is not real. our client who received this was never sued, ”said Swearingen.
The letter was copied to another lawyer, Matthew Chase. He is evicting tenants on behalf of Monarch, but told News 4 he had never seen this fake eviction letter. It makes it clear that he did not authorize it and that it was never copied either. He also said that while he does not agree with the moratorium on evictions, Monarch is complying with it.
Taylor says that did not happen in her case, but after contacting Swearingen, she says the eviction has been suspended. Swearingen wants people to know that the St. Louis County Sheriff is aware of CDC regulations, and if you believe you’ve received a fraudulent eviction notice, contact the Sheriff’s Office.
Another lawyer who represents Monarch Management Group told News 4 that the employee who created the bogus eviction letter and the one who posted eviction notices on Taylor’s door after returning the statement had been fired. That same lawyer is making it clear that Monarch will comply with the CDC’s statement and wants tenants to know that rent assistance is available.
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