Tenants Facing Eviction to Speak at Dallas City Council Meeting

Tenants facing eviction and the Texas Organizing Project are scheduled to speak at Wednesday's Dallas City Council meeting.

West Dallas HMK tenants will support the more than 300 residents being able to stay in their homes at the 9 a.m. meeting.

State District Judge Ken Molberg extended a restraining order Monday brought by residents seeking to prevent landlord HMK Ltd. from imposing an Oct. 31 deadline to move the tenants from their homes.

It's believed HMK wants the tenants out so that it can benefit from lucrative redevelopment plans for a part of Dallas just west of downtown and the Trinity River.

An attorney for HMK, Charles McGarry, told The Dallas Morning News that the company simply no longer wants to be in the business of low-income property rentals.

Residents have complained that HMK did not follow through with requests to fix electrical and other problems. They say they're being forced to find other places to live in a city with few affordable housing options.

The city has been pushing to address the number of derelict properties in Dallas, targeting eight landlords who own properties considered to be in poor or unsound condition. Six of the landlords pledged to improve their units while two others, including HMK, did not respond.

City officials hope an agreement can be reached with HMK before a Nov. 7 court hearing.

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