Renters forced out as company prepares to demolish aging complex

by: Carl Willis Updated:

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COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Renters at Regency Square in Smyrna have 45 days to vacate their apartments before the owners demolish the complex.

"That's like all of us getting evicted," said resident Karen Harvey. "It's like we're all getting evicted."

Channel 2 Action News spoke with a representative from the Quantis Corp. who said Quantis is under contract to purchase the property.

The representative said the buildings are rundown and Quantis wants to rebuild a larger complex.

"The apartments are very old and we understand that, but they act as if they feel that we don't even matter," said Saber Williams, who has lived in the complex for five years.

Managers said the leases are specific and they are required only to give 30 days' notice to vacate but instead gave renters 45 days' notice.

They also offered to reduce the rent, but residents said that won't cover the cost of moving and paying for applications.

Williams said families with children face the most pressure.

"School is about to start," she said. "Where are the children going to go to school? They've got to relocate and do all of this. You are interrupting people's lives completely."

Managers will hold a meeting for renters at 7 p.m. Thursday and a rental fair with nearby apartments Aug. 7.


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