Saturday, January 13, 2018

Eureka to Shutter H Street Squires Property

Posted By on Sat, Jan 13, 2018 at 3:35 PM

click to enlarge The Squireses' 833 H St. property. - FILE
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  • The Squireses' 833 H St. property.

If you perused this week's map and slideshow of properties owned by Floyd and Betty Squires, you swiped or paged by 833 H St. Yesterday, according to a press release from the Eureka city manager's office, that property got a notice to be vacated by Jan. 22, at which time it will be boarded up. This, says the city, is due to dangerous electrical violations, among other things, about which it has alerted the court appointed receiver Jeff Smith multiple times.

As for the tenants, "The City has notified the Squireses and Mr. Smith that tenants must be provided relocation assistance benefits and is prepared to provide benefits should the property owner and/or receiver fail to do so." The city adds that it plans to assist by linking up tenants with service providers to find housing.

Read this week's cover story about the Squires properties that may be sold off as the couple grapples with bankruptcy here. See the full press release below.

CITY OF EUREKA City Manager
531 K Street Eureka, California 95501-1165 (707) 441-4144 ● FAX (707) 441-4148
January 12, 2018
Today, City staff posted property owned by Floyd Squires located at 833 H Street in Eureka with a notice that the property is to be vacated and boarded against entry on January 22, 2018 pursuant to a warrant issued by the Superior Court. This action comes after repeated notifications to the owners and Jeff Smith, the court appointed receiver, of their obligation to address the extremely hazardous electrical and other violations at the property. Despite multiple notices and extensions, work on the property has been sporadic at best, and ceased altogether, with partial work performed on only three of the fourteen units.
The City does not undertake this action lightly, or without considering the impact to the tenants. The City has notified the Squireses and Mr. Smith that tenants must be provided relocation assistance benefits and is prepared to provide benefits should the property owner and/or receiver fail to do so. Additionally, City staff will be working with service providers to determine what housing options may be available to the displaced tenants.
The closure of this apartment complex is only necessary due to the failure on the part of the owners and receiver to correct the serious violations that place the residents and first responders at risk. Given the imminent threat posed by the landlord’s continuous and flagrant disregard for both state law and the safety of his tenants, the City has no choice but to take this action.
Contact: Brian Gerving bgerving@ci.eureka.ca.gov

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