Who do I pay my rent to? Residents of a local apartment complex are confused after seizure notices issued

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Residents of an apartment complex in Baton Rouge are angry after they received notices from the Sheriff’s Office informing them that their apartment complex is up for sale. They say the owner of the property failed to be transparent with them.

Ophiliea Gray took to Facebook this afternoon to explain what she believed was happening in the complex in which her mother lives located at 1570 79th Avenue.

“The Sheriff just came and gave them a notice they have to move because these apartments have been seized and they are up for sale,” Gray says in the viral video.

According to the FB post, the notices were put on the residents doors today letting them know that the property was under seizure. That, along with the fact that residents received a notice from a company called American Property Management Group (Amerigroup) stating that the property was under new management, may have led to the tenants confusion about being evicted from the complex.

The Sheriff’s Office website lists 46 pages worth of seizure notices for all of the units on the property. We were told by the foreclosure office, that while the property is indeed up for sale, no purchase has been made and that the original owner Pelican Property Management LLC still owns the property.

We spoke with the property owner “Mr. Jesse” who fully explained the situation. He said,

By law, as a property owner I am able to hire a mortgager to collect rent on my behalf in situations as such. I hired Amerigroup to manage the property and collect rent on my behalf while the sale is going through. No one is being evicted and would not be evicted unless a new owner came in and decided to evict all of the tenants which is highly unlikely. The notices sent out today were to simple let the tenants know that the property is up for sale. As of now, the tenants are not directly affected at all.

The Sheriff’s Office says the property could goo up for auction on November 18, 2020 pending the clearance of all necessary paperwork. If paperwork does not clear, the property would not go up for sale until sometime next year.

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