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Many tenants were evicted from their homes at the Catherine Street apartments on Friday.

61 families were evicted from their homes at the Catherine Street apartments on Friday.

Tenants were given notices earlier this month to appear in court for their eviction hearings on August 18. On this court date, no one was asked to pay back rent, they had zero balance, and they were told to vacate immediately.

“The majority of these tenants are at or below the poverty line, so first month’s rent and light deposits are overwhelming and impossible feats,” Brandi Herrington of Starkville Strong said.

In the midst of all this, the eviction moratorium was extended until yesterday.

On Friday morning, Ferretti Property Services went to 61 units at the complex and told them they had to be out in three hours.

According to sources, when Maroon and White Realty sold the apartments to Ferretti Property Services, LLC, repairs, upkeep, and proper maintenance were not a priority before, during, and after the exchange of ownership. Tenants over the last two months have been living with subpar living conditions, similar to those of the Brookville Garden apartments.

For more on this story, check out the Saturday, August 28 edition of SDN.

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