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ballardSEATTLE — Tenants at a Ballard apartment complex are being forced out because of the rent almost doubling after renovations.

Lockhaven Apartments, at 30th and Market, is one of a few affordable apartments in Seattle. It was bought out by a new company and now the new ownership means the units will get granite countertops, washer and dryer and other higher-end amenities. One senior citizen says she pays $875 a month, but after the renovations her rent would go up to $1,500 for a one-bedroom. It’s a price she cannot afford to pay and is now forced to move elsewhere.

There are a number of other senior citizens affected. Some have lived at Lockhaven since the 1960s.

Residents received a letter stating they had 20 days to move out. Tenants say the city of Seattle then got involved calling the 20-day notice illegal. The company has since rescinded the notice and tenants now have about six months to move out.

The apartments are managed by Pinnacle Family of Companies but it is owned by Goodman Real Estate.

Tenants are receiving a relocation package. Low-income tenants could qualify for a $3,002 relocation fee. Half of it is paid for by the city and the other half by the owner of the apartment.

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