Residents of the Muscatine Tower apartment have three options after fire evacuation


The owner of Muscatine Tower Apartments, based in Omaha, Neb., Offers his homeless residents three options to sue, following a fire on November 21 that caused the temporary loss of their homes to 86 residents – just before Thanksgiving.

“We would like to express our sincere condolences to you at this difficult time. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to ensure that each of our valued residents is accommodated, ”states a November 30 letter from Andrea Frick, Regional Portfolio Manager for Seldin Company, which owns the apartment complex.

The letter asks residents to choose their preferred option and return it to the management company with updated contact details as soon as possible. The options are:

  • Terminate your lease and leave Muscatine Tower Apartments.
  • Being placed in a hotel (paid by Seldin), while continuing to pay your full rent.
  • To stay with friends or family until your apartment is ready to be occupied, without having to pay rent.

More than a week has passed since the fire, but most tenants still do not have access to their apartments, increasing anxiety as the holiday season approaches. Many tenants fear the worst.

“Rumors are rife, I’ve heard scandalous stuff,” resident Jeanne Bristol said on Monday. “I hope they don’t expect rent checks on December 1st. It’s a big problem. Many people fear that they will be deported.

Due to the accelerated evacuation of apartments and the transition to local hotels; as well as the additional costs of hotels to house animals, many residents have had to leave their pets behind.


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