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Renter seeks help after house fire

CHAMPAIGN -- A family whose house was seriously damaged in an electrical fire Monday say they cannot afford to rent a new home because their landlord refuses to return their deposit or refund the remainder of January’s rent.


Trinidad Morales’ family – which includes her husband, 2-year-old daughter, pregnant sister, brother-in-law, and 1-year-old nephew –is now sleeping in a friend’s living room. Morales’s other two daughters were visiting their sick grandmother in Mexico when the fire occurred and cannot return to Champaign until the family finds a new place to live.

The News-Gazette/Trinidad Morales, 25, stands inside her house Thursday afternoon that was damaged by smoke and water after a fire at the three-bedrom rental house in Champaign on Monday. Morales and her family are struggling to find a new place to live as the landlord has yet to refund any rent or deposit money.
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Landlord´s legal troubles grow

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign landlord facing a criminal charge for allegedly renting an unsafe apartment may lose four apartment buildings and two rental houses after defaulting on a nearly $1.8 million mortgage.

 The landlord said that he´s been singled out by the city because of his race and that he wants to reorganize his business or find a buyer. 

 A federal bankruptcy judge has given Herget Bank of Pekin permission to auction properties that Bernard Ramos owns on West Church Street in Champaign and on South Lynn Street in Urbana. 

 The properties are scheduled to be auctioned Sept. 25. 

The News-Gazette/ Bernard and Eduardo Ramos were fined in May for renting two condemned apartments at 209 W. Green St., C.
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