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Senior living apartment mostly empty following eviction notice

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. -

In Carteret County, dozens of people are settling into new homes after being kicked out of their apartment.

The owner of Harborview Towers in Morehead City asked residents to leave by Friday, and most of them have.

But not 102-year-old Constance Browne. She is one of the only people left.

"She feels she is entitled to remain in her apartment," said Doug Browne, Constance Browne's son.

The owners of the independent senior living facility asked residents to leave because financial problems are forcing them to close their doors.

Harborview sent a letter to residents in mid-July notifying them of the eviction. But lawyer Wes Collins says 45 days notice isn't a lot of time.

"A lot of these people are retirees. They came to this area to retire. They grew old. This came out of left field," said Collins.

Collins represents several residents who are trying to get their $100,000 to $200,000 deposit back. He says the owners are refusing to pay up.

"A lot of these people sold their home to come up with the money to put down the move into Harborview. Now they're being displaced," said Collins.

9 On Your Side reached out to the Harborview Towers for comment, but the people inside the facility said to leave the property.

How do you keep something like this from happening to you or your loved ones? Collins says it's important to research the facility's reputation before moving in.

"Visit the facility. Are there empty rooms? If you see empty rooms, that is pretty much a telltale sign," said Collins.

And he says if you put down a large deposit like the people at Harborview Towers, make sure you get a deed.

"Not a contract that says you'll get your money back, but an actual deed so you have some ownership," said Collins.

Constance Browne has a deed to her unit. Her son, Doug Browne, says she'll continue to stay there until the facility's owners buy her out.

Collins says there are three types of senior housing: independent living facilities, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. He says those requiring more care are regulated more by the government, and therefore, have less maneuverability to kick residents out.

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(AP) - A senior living apartment building in Carteret County is giving its residents until the end of the month to move out because the owners say "economic events" have led them to close it.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reports (http://bit.ly/1915oGV ) the owners of Harborview Towers in Morehead City say the building is slated to close on Aug. 30. Harborview Towers has about 50 units and is currently occupied by approximately 25 residents aged between the mid-80s to a resident who's 102.

John "Ron" Jernigan, president of Harborview Enterprises, said in a statement that the company has pursued ways to continue operations, including a sale of the property, but there's been no solution.

Senior Care Properties Inc. has been interested in purchasing Harborview Towers but no agreement has been reached.

The closure of Harborview Towers does not affect the adjacent Harborview Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, which provides short-term rehabilitation and nursing care to its residents.

Information from: The Daily News, http://www.jdnews.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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