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Dangerous Living Conditions Force Apartment Residents Out

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CEDAR HILL (CBS 11 NEWS) — As many as 24 families have been removed from what officials with the City of Cedar Hill are calling "dangerous living conditions."

Tenants in building 21 at High Point Village in Cedar Hill spent much of the evening holding bags, carrying around what little they could gather and take with them.

The apartment building was condemned because of severe mold, water damage, collapsing walls, and no air conditioning.

The City threatened to shutdown the entire 260 unit complex, because of substandard living conditions, if the property owner doesn't act.

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The property is owned by an out of state investor group called PF Holdings. Taxpayer money is used to pay the group between $700 and $900 in monthly rents to house low-income families.

While a few nights in a hotel may help, Sharon Bookman and others residents left behind most of what they own. "I don't want to leave my stuff. I paid my rent this month. I want to be in my home," she said.

A property manager sent an email to tenants saying she was at a loss for words and expressed her sorrow, but was offering no long-term solution to the people now on the brink of being homeless.

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