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Too little, too late for most north Lincoln evicted tenants

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By: Bill Schammert

It's been an emotional roller coaster for evicted families at a north Lincoln apartment complex.  Friday, they were told they had four days to get their stuff and get out.  Now, as the deadline hits, they're being told they don't have to leave yet.

For Tim Henry, it's family first.  Tuesday afternoon, his daughter was sleeping on the floor while he was working out a place to stay.  That's the hardest part for Henry, the kids.

"Just watch the kids see their rooms go, all their friends, they've packed up," he said.  "It's been a roller coaster, it's been extreme."

Thankfully, they weren't locked out at Tuesday's 10:00 a.m. deadline.  But for tenants like Henry, and Kendra Novotny, who had just paid a $400 deposit, it's a lot of money lost.

"It's been hectic, been crazy, people running around all over," Novotny said.  "Trying to find boxes, storage units, U-Hauls, trying to come up with the money."

The apartment manager, Phillip Voogt, tells us only four of the original 24 families remained as of Tuesday, evening.

We've been unable to locate the landlord accused of not paying his bills.  His bank, Fannie Mae, is the one that issued the eviction notice on Friday.

Now, Legal Aid of Nebraska has stepped in.  The organization squared off against Fannie Mae in Lancaster County Court, but little happened on such short notice. 

As people learned of the hearing Monday night, tenants were told they didn't have to leave yet.  But at the hearing on Tuesday, the judge issued a continuance until Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.

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