Tenants want more time to move from Clayton Lane, Santa Fe properties

Clayton Lane and Santa Fe apartment residents in Northeast Austin say the landlord is using legal loopholes to push them out of their homes, despite city rules that require landlords to give 120 days’ notice before tenants must vacate for renovations.

The Windsor Park neighborhood residents told the American-Statesman they were given a 120-day notice to vacate on April 28, which would take their leases through the end of August, but they were informed that rent would increase by $650 starting June 1.

Because their lease requires a 35-day notice before a rent hike, the increase was delayed to July 1, residents said, and that incentive comes with a waived rent for June if they are out by then.

Sandra Brown has lived at the property — southeast of the Interstate 35 and U.S. 290 East interchange — for more than a year. She said the situation has left many residents scrambling because many families and tenants, including herself, cannot afford to pay the extra $650 in July or August, and the number of affordable places is limited.