Bryan Residents Forced to Pack Up and Move Out

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

The nationwide foreclosure crisis has made its way to the Brazos Valley.

According to the Brazos County Clerk,the number of foreclosures has tripled in the past six months.

A group of residents at the apartments on Barak Lane are the latest affected.

Imagine getting a knock at the door that could instantly turn the world as you know it upside down.

"I was approached outside by Miss Julie Thorton and she told me she was a representative from a finance company and that she came down to secure the property," Tenant Verna Davis said.

Davis and her grandson have lived in their apartment for more than a year, but now by no fault of their own, they are about to be kicked to the curb.

"I'm totally shocked, there's like eight families here," Davis said. "We've all been paying rent for the last six months, this has been going on for six months and we didn't know anything about it."

Residents at the Barak Lane Apartments in buildings 1906 and 1910 say the received no letters, no written statements, or any type of communication for that matter, warning them that the place they call home was being foreclosed. Officials say the status of building 1908 is pending while it is still in the court system.

"It's devastating," Tenant Anita Gray said. "One minute you think everything is ok, and everything is going good for you, then you have to leave."

Gray is now trying to figure out where her family is going to live and how she's going to be able to make ends meet.

"I have four kids. I don't have the funds to move," Gray said. "We've paid rent every month. What were these people doing with our money?"

While many residents don't understand how something like this could happen without them knowing it, they're now faced with the inevitable, moving on.

"I've got to start packing and start looking for someplace else to live because he's got to have somewhere to stay," Davis said.

The finance representative, Thorton, says residents have at least 30 days to pack up their things and move out.

The owners of the complex, Lourdes and John Potter, live out of state. Lourdes says he's upset and shocked by what happened. She added she loves her tenants, and said her attorney advised her not to comment any further.

Residents say the owner's son lived in the apartment complex until about four months ago.

To find out if you're rental is about to be foreclosed on, all you need is the name of the owner of the property. Then take that information to the county clerk's office and ask if there is a Notice of Default on that owner.

It is public information that is made available upon request, and that notice must be on record.

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