‘Brass Rail Long Term Stay — with a QUICK EXIT’: Residents Unsure of Where to Go After Landlord Gives Them Short Notice
The day the landlord, Mac Bagby, gave notice is under dispute. He says that he “gave notice on Monday or maybe over the weekend.”
Melodie Bobo the manager of the Brass Rail until she was fired by Bagby this week, said he gave a three-day notice.
In any case, the residents argue they weren’t given a long enough legal notice to vacate the premises. Danika Roe, who says she starts work at a local inn next week and her husband who works at Dazey’s Supply, say they’ve paid for their room until the 22nd which was longer than the three-day notice. It isn’t fair for them to be forced to leave when they’ve already paid and the landlord has not offered to refund their money, she argues.
Also, she believes that the residents should have been given a written 30-day eviction notice under California law.
Roe, who is pregnant, and her husband have been searching for housing anyway and now are desperately looking for a place to live but haven’t been able to find anything.
“It’s so hard to get housing here,” she explained. “I’ve been on waiting lists for housing but no apartments are open as of right now.”
Roe says she has been paying $1200 a month for a room with no kitchen and has been there about two months while searching for more long term housing.
The landlord, Mac Bagby, says he “hasn’t seen the books” so he doesn’t know if some people have paid for longer than the Friday notice but he does say that he will reimburse people if they have paid for a longer time.
Citing safety and management issues, Bagby said that the Brass Rail Long Term Stay formerly known as the Brass Rail Inn in Redway will reopen in eight weeks under new management.
“Our tenants have basically been noticed that we are going to shut it down,” he explained. “We just want to fix it up.”
Bagby said he doesn’t know what the future status of the Brass Rail will be. “We haven’t really decided whether we will be long term or not,” he said.
The former manager Melody Bobo, who also lives on the premises and has worked there for 19 years, believes that the owner is not telling the whole story about why he is attempting to evict the tenants. She said that Bagby hasn’t been making payments to the former owner Fred Davis. “[Bagby] came here to the motel and told me Fred is started to foreclose on him for the motel,” she wrote us.
Calling her former place of employment, “Brass Rail Long Term Stay — with a QUICK EXIT,” Bobo said that Bagby told her that he would be turning off the water and electricity. “Everyone who lives here is paid up…[i]n full,” she told us. “I have a 70 yr. Old Lady who thinks she’s gonna be homeless…And a young mother who has a 1 yr. Old…[and] a 2 week old baby….. [T]his is so messed up.”
Roe said that the people in the Brass Rail are being subjected to an unreasonably short eviction time. “We’re all human beings,” she said. “We shouldn’t be treated like we’re scumbags. We’re not… It is so heartless.”
Note: As we were getting ready to post this, Theresa Hall Hatcher, a tenant informed us that the owner has put locks on the laundry room which contain the hot water heaters to the rooms this morning. “We can’t get to any bathroom supplies,” Hatcher said. This also includes linens, towels, and cleaning supplies.
Note 2: The Brass Rail Bar is owned by different people than the Brass Rail Long Term Stay.