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Fannie Mae: Lincoln apartment complex being rented illegally

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By: Megan Palera

It was news that shocked the entire community: 24 Lincoln tenants told they had four days to move out. But there's more to the story and that's the other side from Fannie Mae.

Last Tuesday was move out day and one several families didn't choose. 24 tenants at an apartment complex near 56th and Benton were all evicted with short notice.

But it turns out people weren't suppose to be in the building in the first place. That's according to Fannie May which owns the building.

After a week of trying to reach out to the mortgage company, they responded to Channel 8. It says the prior property owner, who Fannie Mae would not identify, was evicted and foreclosed on in 2010. The company says he then illegally moved himself back in and illegally began renting out the apartments.

The company eventually found out and started legal proceedings. In a written response to Channel  8, Fannie Mae says, in part, that back in March "...A subsequent legal ruling reaffirmed Fannie Mae's ownership and right to possession of these properties." It says it's working with tenants to help transition them into other housing.

Last week, Legal Aid of Nebraska filed a lawsuit on behalf of some tenants. Instead of 4, they were given 60 days to move out.

"Sixty days will help us stack up some money and look for somewhere else. So, hopefully we get somewhere," Tenant Cameron Ross said.

Fannie Mae could not comment on whether tenants would be getting their deposits back.

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