There was concern and confusion from dozens of apartment residents in Greenville Tuesday after a notice of pending eviction was posted on several buildings. Some said it would mean they need to move out just days before Christmas.
One resident told WITN he talked to the property management company who said a notice was taken to the wrong apartments, but the sheriff's office says it was posted correctly.
Resident William Ward looked over the summons posted by the Pitt County Sheriff's Office Monday on the apartment building where he lives on Caldwell Court. It ignited confusion over whether or not he and other residents in the area would have a place to live at the end of the month.
"You've been paying your rent on time, you don't expect to be left in the dark until the last minute and then boom all of the sudden this pops up," said Ward.
The papers which include a notice on a foreclosure hearing set for December 4th, names four owners to appear. If the ruling is against the owners, a notice of ejection is also attached that has people thinking they may be removed days before Christmas.
The summons lists the debt owed as more than $743,000 to BB&T as of October 18th. WITN contacted Pinnacle Property Management, the company in charge of the Caldwell Court units by phone. The company says it had been in contact with one of the owners and there was a misunderstanding with the bank. The property management company says no one will be forced to move. Then we were promptly told "no comment."
Misunderstanding or not, the idea of finding a new place for some is hard to fathom this close to the holidays.
"The only thing going through my mind is I want my children in a safe warm house, and basically as you see I've gotten used to this house here, and this coming down on us. It's really hard," said Caldwell Court resident Akeisha Hardy.
We could not contact the owners and residents say they have not been able to reach them either.
We spoke with a foreclosure lawyer who says the likelihood of people being evicted so soon is very slim, especially if there hasn't been an opportunity to sell the property.