Tenants at Cardinal Village apartment complex are ordered to vacate the property due to unsafe living conditions at Hawthorne Ave. NE on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022 in Salem, Ore.

Tenants of Salem’s Cardinal Village Apartments officially lost their homes this week.

More than 60 residents of the Hawthorne Avenue apartment complex learned in August they would have to vacate their half of the 32-unit complex by Oct. 14. City inspectors had inspected the property in July and declared it unsafe and uninhabitable.

The landlord was given an opportunity to make repairs but was told the units could not be occupied while repairs were made.

The city re-inspected the property Oct. 13. Inspectors found “minimal repairs were complete at the property,” and no efforts had been made by the landlord to help vacate the tenants, according to a city spokesperson.

All 16 units on the North side of the building must be vacated “within the next week,” the city said. Failure to leave within the next week will result in civil penalties.

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