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Judge Blocks Sale

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(before 2003)

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Some people in apartment complexes in California won an important court case. The renters thought they might have to move. The person who owns their buildings was going to sell them. The renters were worried that someone would buy the buildings and raise the rent. That would be terrible for the renters. The people who live in the buildings do not make much money. They are on fixed incomes. The all went to court to try to stop the sales.

Some community groups help people find apartments that have a low rent payment. A new law says that if an owner wants to sell a building, he has to notify these groups first so that they can try to buy them if they want to. That way, the people who reside there will be able to stay in their homes. The rent will not be too expensive for them to pay.

This helped the renters because the judge decided that the owner of the buildings did not tell the community groups that he wanted to sell his buildings. The judge blocked the sale of the buildings. Now the owner has to notify the groups before he can sell his buildings. The renters and their neighbors are very happy about this decision. They hope that the community groups will purchase the buildings so that the residents can remain in their homes.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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