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All 22 Displaced Families Find New Shelter; Hotel Deemed 'Unsafe'

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JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) - After 22 families were kicked out of a hotel on Friday, they found out their old residence was going to be demolished.

On Wednesday night, the front desk knocked on 35 occupied rooms and let 22 families know that they had to be out by 11 a.m. Friday. But the previous owner, Arvind Shaw, was able to get the residents an extra day to pack up and figure out what they were going to do.

All 22 families were able to find a place to stay, whether it was with a family member, another hotel or a shelter.

At a press conference at the hotel, a representative for the new owner, Sam Azir, told 6 News there was black mold, broken ceiling tiles, exposed metal and no heat or air in the main lobby. The representative said the building will be demolished in coming months and a new hotel will be built in its place.

"The owner in this case should have given them written notice," said Attorney Thomas Lapka from the Mallory, Lapka, Scott & Selin law firm. He also adds "if the tenants chose not to move, they would have to be evicted through the court process, which means filing a district court complaint with the Jackson County District Court."

According to a resident at the hotel, families either pay a daily, weekly or monthly rent.

"Even on a day to day tendency, the owner should have given written notice whether it be posting on the door or knocking on the door and serving it on the tenants in each unit," said Lapka.

The final deal of selling the hotel from Shaw to the new owner has not been finalized yet, however, the representative said it is expected to go through in coming days.

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