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YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE. Evictions of about 20 families reveal lesser-known part of the law

Tenants claim they never signed five-day notice
Posted at 7:48 PM, Feb 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-22 12:04:59-05
People living at one Siegel Suites location say as many as 20 families were evicted illegally, so 13 Action News went digging to see what is going on.
It turns out, the landlord used a lesser-known part of the law and evicted them all legally.
"I have myself and five grandchildren, the youngest being 3," said Thomas Fariello, who said he was illegally evicted from Siegel Suites on Sierra Vista Avenue. "They said they hand-delivered a five-day notice to me. It never happened."
He said he never signed a five-day notice before they told him he had 24 hours to move out.
Tanya Andrade told 13 Action News the same thing happened to her.
"Friday I was at work, my son called and asked why they were changing the locks and not letting him in," said Andrade.
She said they would not let her son in the apartment but locked the family dog inside.
However, there is a part of the law Andrade and Fariello overlooked that creates a way to evict tenants without having them sign a five-day notice, and that's what the folks at Siegel Suites' corporate office say happened.
If the landlord can't get a hold of the tenant or anyone else living there who is old enough, they have another option. They can post the five-day notice to your door, and mail you one and they don't need your signature.