It was moving day for dozens of innocent tenants in Bristol on Wednesday.
These tenants were victims of a landlord who the city said refuses to keep the building up to code.
The High Street building got so dangerous that the city was forced to condemn it.
On Wednesday, residents weren't just upset because they were being kicked out, but also because the property management group seems to be using whatever money they have to take the city to court, instead of fixing the problems.
“This is what we need, a new home,” said Patti Williams-Void, who said she is looking for a home with a heart.
She said the inactions of the landlord has her, her two children and 2-month-old granddaughter, packing up their bags.
The city said the fire escape that separated from the building was the violation they said forced their hand to condemn the building.
Williams-Void said the conditions were unbearable.
“Every time someone came down through the fire escape, the wall cracked,” she said.
City officials said they tried to work with Silvermine Properties LLC and agent Anthony Cammariere for months, but promises to fix the building kept getting broken.
“There are staircases falling off, floors that are missing, there's support beams that might have issues,” said City Councilor Ellen Zoppo, who also sits on the city's Code Enforcement Committee.
After the city condemned the building last month, Cammariere and Silvermine proved that they did have the money, but not in the way residents were hoping.
Instead of fixing the problems, Silvermine spent the money on lawyers, taking the city to court this week to get the condemnation overturned.
They lost that battle.
“I don't know what he does with his money. All I know is that I'm going to be out,” Williams-Void said. “I just have to get a home, I mean, look, if we take him to court, it's going to take months. I don't have months to find my children a home.”
Even after the eviction, tenants said Cammariere was still asking for rent from Williams-Void.
“He texted all of us and told us he wanted to rent,” she said, even after the building was condemned.
“Which is absolutely ludicrous when we're paying to relocate them to hotels and help them find new apartments,” Zoppo said.
The city said they will continue to go after blighted buildings and they said Cammariere is attached to at least more than one dozen.
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