AYER — Devenscrest Village residents are on edge after a new landlord told them they would be evicted in the next 60 days.
One person familiar with the situation said the eviction notices were sent to residents on Wednesday. The residents will have 60 days to vacate their homes. It appears the evictions are being done so the landlord can renovate the properties.
The person also stated the apartments were recently sold to the real estate company Brady Sullivan Properties.
Residents will have the option to return home — but apparently with steep new requirements. They will be required to make a security deposit, pay the first and last month of rent, and provide income verification showing they make at least $72,000 a year.
“This whole thing is crazy,” one resident wrote online. “They told me the renovated units would be going for [$1,800 to $2,100] a month and you have to make at least 72,000 a year to qualify for them.”
“I spoke to them personally. They want a SINGLE income of $72,000 a year, and if there’s 2 incomes, $84,000 a year, pass a background check, and pay first last and security,” another resident wrote.
The eviction notices do not appear to be sent to all residents, however, it has been speculated around 120 families will be impacted. Many have expressed the belief that all properties will soon be affected.
Residents who were not impacted did receive a notice stating they needed to clean up their yards by July 31.
Single mother D-Amber Grantham received that notice. Despite her child needing specialized care and working reduced hours throughout the pandemic, she said her rent has always been paid on time if not in advance.
“I understand the reasoning but why would they be forced to remove anything that is not removed by July 31? Two weeks isn’t enough time to get rid of your prized possessions — yes something as simple as my son’s outdoor toys are my prized possessions. These are the things that have helped his development when he had a prognosis that he could have cerebral palsy,” Grantham said.
Grantham called the situation “heartbreaking” and said she is unsure what she will do if she is told to leave. Her son’s doctor is in the area and is surrounded by a great community. She is also worried about the other families and what uprooting will mean for them.
Brady Sullivan Properties has not yet responded to a request seeking comment on the evictions, their ownership of the property, or their future plans for the property. The company’s website showcases residential and commercial properties in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island.
State Sen. Jamie Eldridge will lead a meeting with Devenscrest Village residents Friday hosted by Stone Soup Kitchen Ministries at Living Water Fellowship on Littleton Road in Devenscrest. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. and space is reserved for Devenscrest Village residents.