Residents forced out of homes in south Charlotte hold yard sale ahead of move

Some residents who were evicted from the Sterling community in south Charlotte held a garage sale Saturday to get rid of larger items they didn't want before moving.
Channel 9 followed their situation as a new owner forced them out of their homes.
Many of them will be looking for a new place to live in a few weeks.
Keesha White is one of those residents. She said she decided to move out, even though the move-out day was extended.
"They extended it to June 30th and I chose the 31st so I can save on June's rent and that includes moving costs. I'm just exhausted at this point," White said. “I am ready to take the step out of the way. For the time being I have a place to stay until we have our own apartment again.”
Not everyone else has a place to say.
The nonprofit group Dreamkey Partners is helping some residents pay for rent or other moving expenses.
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The community is offering help to residents who were evicted from the South Charlotte property
Dozens of people who have lived in South Charlotte's Sterling community for years say they are now trying to find a new place to live.
Residents said last week a new company bought the property and asked them to move immediately.
On Monday night, leaders from China Grove AME Zion Church met with about 100 people from the community to help resolve the issue.
Rev. David Scott Cunningham, who has church members who will soon be moving out, is offering his church as a resource for those residents.
"One of the residents told me she was determined to live in her car," Cunningham said. "That breaks my heart."
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Keesha White is one of several residents who received evictions last week.
"I have a lot of respect for the property owners," White said. "The old and the new. I respect their efforts to improve the neighborhood and community. I just don't agree with the way they are doing it."
The letter from River Investments Properties NC said residents have two choices, one of which is to move out in 28 days. The other option suggested in the letter says the first five residents to sign the paperwork and move out by Thursday could potentially get some of their money back.
The letter states that the property is under new management.
"The minimum under state law is seven days," housing attorney Isaac Sturgill said of the legal notice required in North Carolina. "Most leases are 30 days."
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