Town Creek Condo Manager Begins Boarding Up Units Before Building Is Empty, Accuses Residents of Threatening to Shoot Her In Head

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Amy Silverstein
Jimmie Baldwin says he stopped workers from drilling through his door while his dog was inside.
The developer who attempted to illegally evict people from the Town Creek Condos in three days the week before Thanksgiving -- and then backtracked when reporters showed up to ask why -- is getting residents to leave for good this time. His property manager Rena Hansen has been going around with workers and police escorts to board up the empty units.

Well, mostly empty.

Hansen did file paperwork to evict tenants this week, but one normally takes that step before boarding the place up.

The remaining residents have, unsurprisingly, not embraced this development. This week, Hansen canceled her onsite office hours because, she says, a dozen tenants have become "unruly" and threatened to murder her.

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Frisco Homeless Nonprofit Agrees to Move After Getting Sued by Homeowners Association

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In a heartwarming story about the triumph of property values over the human spirit, a Frisco homeowners association has finally persuaded a nonprofit serving the homeless to get the hell out of the neighborhood. The homeless teens living in Frisco's Plantation Resort 2 neighborhood can stay there for now, but the organization housing them plans to put the property back on the market.

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A "Missing" Parking Sticker, a Bus Ride and a Miscarriage: A Dallas Towing Nightmare

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Greg Houston
To seasoned Dallas apartment renters, towing horror stories are a fact of life. But for a 23-year-old woman who recently moved here from Atlanta, towing was something she says she never thought about -- not until her car had been towed from her own apartment parking lot the day she had a doctor's appointment scheduled to check on her high-risk pregnancy.

Allison Ezell lives at the Serendipity Apartments, a sprawling complex near NorthPark Center. A new management company recently took over the complex, and with that came new service from a Dallas tow company called Excalibur. "They weren't enforcing the towing prior to us going under contract there," says Excalibur Towing president Nick Massey.

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At Dallas' Town Creek Condos, Poor Residents Are Getting Kicked to the Curb for Christmas

Categories: Housing

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Amy Silverstein
The eviction notice that started it all.
Just in time for the holidays, the people left at a run-down apartment complex in Lake Highlands have been hearing a lot of different things about whether they have to pack their bags and get out, and when. The week before Thanksgiving, the occupants of the Town Creek Condos were told via a letter on the door that they were being evicted and had to move in three days or face a judge. But just before the deadline, they got an apology letter on their door, saying they could stay longer and even get financial help if and when they do decide to move.

Now, though, residents are hearing that they need to be out by December 15 and say the property manager has stopped returning their calls.

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Dallas Hero Decides Against Illegally Evicting Poor a Week Before Thanksgiving

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There are heroes all around Dallas. Today, let's highlight the work of Ari Nessel, a developer who has decided against suddenly evicting all the residents of a Lake Highlands condo building he recently purchased.

"Tremendous progress has been made, and it's because of the pioneers like Mr. Nessel," Dallas City Councilman Jerry Allen told the News on Friday after Nessel apologized to residents for the notices they received on their door last Monday saying that they would have to face a judge in eviction court if they didn't move out in three days.

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Highland Park Tells Dallas to Make Our Buildings More Predictable in Katy Trail Development Suit

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Steven Martin
Highland Park is OK with wide homes, but not tall ones.
Rich people, we learn time and time again, do not like living near tall buildings or lowlifes who rent their homes, even if those tall buildings are fancy condos, occupied by lowlife renters who are also rich. Of course, the well-to-do usually come up with a better excuse for why they're fighting the tall building rental project. In Highland Park's case, town officials have claimed that Dallas can't allow the construction of a luxury high-rise on the Dallas side of the Katy Trail because it will make Highland Park's traffic worse and block Highland Park's sunlight.


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A Mysterious New Landlord Is Making Life Hell for the Residents of an Irving Mobile Home Park

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Andrew Catellier
Mobile home parks, at their best, offer community, safety and freedom for people who can't afford to be tied down in a regular house but don't want to be fleeced by a slumlord running a crumbling apartment complex.

A Dallas commercial real estate company called Harvest Partners Ltd is doing its small part to change that.

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Dallas Homeowners' Association Turned Off Man's Sprinklers, Threatened Gunplay, According to Strange Lawsuit

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Bonita de Boer
Beneath Turtle Creek's placid surface, tension, anger and turned off sprinklers.
At a condominium near Turtle Creek, there is a bitter, strange battle brewing between the building's homeowners' association and the domestic partner of one of the HOA's members. In January, the 3081 Gilbert Homeowners' Association felt so threatened by the man, they filed a lawsuit.

The court filings start out innocently enough, if a bit snooty. The couple lived together in a condo on Gilbert Avenue for years, but only one of the men is listed as owning the property, the HOA explains in its petition, reducing his partner to undesirable non-HOA member status: "Ken Ray is not an owner of [the unit] under current Texas law and is, therefore, not a member of the Association."

That wouldn't be an issue, according to the petition the HOA filed, if the non-member resident in question wasn't going around being a jerk to all the legitimate HOA members: "Ken Ray ... has no right to challenge the actions of the Board."


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Dallas Man Sues Former Landlord over Bedbug Infestation; Landlord Says He Planted Them

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You feel an itch just looking at this, don't you?
Marquis on Gaston is one of those faux-luxury apartment complexes plopped by one of Dallas' cool neighborhoods (in this case, Deep Ellum), advertising itself with descriptors such as "gated community," "suburban living in an urban environment," "luxurious pool area," "French patio doors," "distinguished community" and the claim that "Marquis on Gaston residents live surrounded by elegance."

If a lawsuit filed by a former tenant is to be believed, some of the Marquis on Gaston residents also live surrounded by bed bugs.

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Finding a Safe Space for Dallas' Homeless LGBTQ Youth

Categories: Housing

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JMSuarez
Roughly 3,400 Dallas ISD students are homeless. Hundreds of these are LGBTQ teenagers.
When they come out, gay teens must often deal with unsupportive, even hostile parents. Sometimes, parents even go so far as to kick the kids out of their homes. If they attend a Dallas ISD school, they become one of the roughly 3,400 homeless students in the district. By some guesses, although it is impossible to put a definitive number to the group, hundreds of LGBTQ youth are homeless in Dallas.

See also: Why There Are 3,400 Homeless Students in Dallas ISD


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