Ordered to leave; East St. Louis apartment tenants want answers

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI) - East St. Louis residents living in the Oak Park Ranchettes Apartment building say they were ordered out of their apartments without warning Thursday afternoon. Before nightfall, they were told they could spend just one more night in the units plastered with yellow and red stickers.

The stickers posted by the city indicates the units were not approved for occupancy. Police say the units were found to have improper occupancy permits and illegal utility connections. Some residents say they just paid their April rent and want a refund or more time to find a new place.

“I have nowhere to go,” said Shelia Young. “I babysit my grandbabies here every day.”

Young says she was told she could be arrested or face a $500 fine if she entered the apartment. Reva Young stood outside with her puppy still inside her apartment. She risked the penalties in order to retrieve her dog.

“I couldn’t leave you in there, Rex,” said Young as she held her puppy.

Some residents feel the sudden notice to leave was prompted by several police calls to the apartments. As of Thursday, the city allowed residents to stay at least one more night while city leaders can take a closer look at the situation.