Grand Canyon University buys apartments, tenants have 30 days to move

PHOENIX - It's the letter that none of the families at Camelback Vista Apartments near 29th Avenue and Camelback Road ever wanted to receive.

It’s a one-page notice from the landlord, explaining to them that their month-to-month lease will not be renewed and they'll have to move out in 30 days.

"You're in and then you gotta go, it's month-to-month," said tenant Maria Alvera. "I have no income, just (my daughter's) Social Security check. And now I have to go."

Grand Canyon University purchased the apartment complex last Friday, and plans to use the space to expand the campus.

The notice for tenants to leave was sent by the previous landlord, LB and LB Properties LLC.

GCU says they plan to refund July rent to tenants and will even assist them in finding a new place to live.

But Tromel Lewis, who moved to the complex in Phoenix with his wife and daughter in March, isn't buying it.

"Are they going to come to our new residence and hand us our money back? How is that going to work," asked Lewis.

Lewis admits the apartment complex wasn't exactly what it looked like in the advertisements.

"We started seeing a lot of drunk guys hanging out, started seeing people over here, just starting seeing drug activity and stuff like that," Lewis said.

A college graduate himself, he's seen colleges expand into neighborhoods before. But it doesn't make this process any easier.

"I've done everything I needed to do. I went to college, graduated, got a decent job. This has put me and my family in a position of possibly being homeless for the first time in my life," Lewis said.

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