Medford motel tenants forced to leave, with two days notice

A motel employee told News 10 the rooms are being remodeled, so the tenants cannot occupy the rooms while work is being done. (Jennevieve Fong / News 10)

For Suzannah Hall, she said living for the past two months at Harvey's Motel in downtown Medford hasn't always been the best experience.

On Monday, Hall said motel management told her that her family of seven needs to find a new place to live in two days.

“He's picking and choosing who he decides to throw out,” Hall said. “Some of them are mental health patients, so they really don't have anywhere to go or anybody to advocate for them.”

A motel employee told News 10 the rooms are being remodeled, so the tenants cannot occupy the rooms while work is being done.

“The place does definitely need an overhaul, but there's an adequate way of doing this,” Hall said. ”It comes to a point where you let people know ahead of time.”

Hall said there are about 16 rooms on the property, and about five of the units are being asked to leave.

“I was scared,” tenant Deborah Rockwell said. “What was I going to do in one day? They can't kick you out in one day like that, especially if you've been there that long.”

While upset about being forced out, Hall said the main issue is the late notice which is leaving many of the residents without a place to go.

The employee said they have been working with the tenants to find a new place to stay with a similar rate. For example, Hall said management told her another Medford motel would give her a room for the same price. However, Hall said she cannot move her large family there in a short amount of time.

Many of the evicted tenants are also having trouble finding somewhere else to live.

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