Charter school purchase leaves Malden tenants short notice to vacate their homes – NBC Boston

Long-time tenants in Malden, Massachusetts have just learned that they will soon have to leave their homes.

Tatiane de Oliveira has lived in her Malden building for 15 years.
Now she and her family have learned that their lease will not be good at the end of the year.

“What they do is not what we do to other human beings,” said the wife and mother of two.

She, along with her neighbors living in the apartments, received a notice in November telling them to vacate the accommodation by December 31.

“I am desperate,” she said.

The nearby Mystic Valley Regional Charter School purchased the block of Malden’s Maplewood Square, with the intention of using the property for an expansion project on the road.

Below the apartments, single-storey businesses are also affected, but they have until spring 2023 to find a new place to settle.

“A lot of these businesses are struggling to survive COVID, let alone worry that someone is going to kick them out,” said Malden City Councilor Stephen Winslow.

In a statement, the school said it was working with the city “in the hope that we can come to a favorable solution.”

Laura Rosi, who runs the Housing Families organization in Malden, says Tatiane and her neighbors need more time to come up with a plan.

“They have been warned that they have to leave by the end of the year, but there is a whole legal process that the owner will have to go through to get people out,” Rosi said.

Families are trying to determine if they want to fight in court and also hope to negotiate an extension with the school.

“It’s almost impossible, not even just to find a new place, but to raise money to go to a new place,” said de Oliveira.

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