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Nearly 70 elderly Colorado Springs residents have been told to leave their apartments in 30 days.

It's happening at the Emerald Towers Apartments which has just been sold to a new owner near the Ivywild School.

This is a 55 and up community including many residents that are retired, on fixed incomes or disabled. Many of which, considered this to be their final home in life.

That is, until, they got a letter on their front door on Wednesday night, telling them to leave.

"Someone has taken away my home, all for money," Marilyn Rubringer, a resident said.

82-year-old Rubringer has lived here for eight and a half years.

"It's like somebody had punched me in the stomach," she said.

She found this letter on taped on her front door Wednesday night, along with all of her neighbors, which said "The owner of Emerald Towers has instructed Apartment Management Consultants require that all residents permanently move out so that renovations can be completed."

"I'm a tough little lady but I've cried last night and I've cried today because this is my home," she said.

A tough pill to swallow for dozens of these residents in this eight-story complex.

"I didn't get much sleep last night because I didn't know where we were going to go," Roberta Daubert, a resident for nearly eight years said.

"Oh god it's awful, I looked for a year to find this place coming down here from Denver, and some of these people have been here for 49 years, they've been here since the doors opened," Camille Oliver, a resident said.

They were told the new management is offering $500 if tenants can move out within 30 days, but they must move within 60 days.

"It just came as a shock, we heard rumors that it was going to be sold and we asked managers and they said no, no," Daubert said.

For a two bed, two bath, Rubringer pays $785 a month for rent, a price that hasn't gone up since she first moved in.

Now, she's left scrambling to find something new.

"They sent us out in a market that is flooded and there's no availability," she said.

"But then we have to have someone to help us move, help us pack, you know it's not easy," Daubert said.

In the letter, residents were invited to "reapply" to rent a newly renovated home in their so-called "upscale" community, whenever those renovations are complete.

"I wouldn't come back here and ask them to rent a place for all the tea in China," Rubringer said.

All as the temperatures are dropping and the holidays, right around the corner.

"It's unconscionable to treat people, maybe legal, but legal but morally, it's not nice," she said.

News5 reached out to the new managers in charge of Emerald Towers Apartments and our calls have not been returned. 

However, a company called Shefflin Investments, which owns four housing developments, has offered to step in and provide half-off the first month's rent and low deposits to keep everyone's moving expense below $1000.

Their phone number is (719) 419-3852.

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