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Tenants fear eviction from Big Timber Motel

By Dave Detling 11:49 PM March 21, 2014

New owner says it's a misunderstanding

ANCHORAGE - It’s been 24 hours since new ownership took over at the Big Timber Motel and tenants fear eviction.

Tenants say they received a letter from property management demanding rent and deposit within 24 hours.

KTVA obtained a copy of the letter. It was issued and signed by the former owner of the property Terry Stalman. In the letter, Stahlman claims he’s now the general manager of the property.

But Stahlman no longer owns the building. It was seized by city officials in mid-January over delinquent property taxes.

The city had taken control of the property after inspectors found about two-dozen tenants, including small children, living in vermin-infested rooms without heat or hot water. The city brought the building up to code at a cost of $46,810.12.

On Wednesday, the mayor’s office announced new owners had taken over the property.

Filings with the state recorder’s office show Stahlman quitclaimed the property to Serena Alexander on Feb. 24. According to city officials, Serena and her husband Robert became the official owners on Wednesday, following a payment to the city of $81,679.49.

KTVA reached out to the Alexanders about the letter demanding rent.

Robert Alexander claims he didn’t know about the letter. He wouldn’t say if Stahlman was working for him or not, only that he’s “overseeing the day-to-day duties at the motel.”

Alexander reassured KTVA that the letter was a misunderstanding and that he would rectify any issues.

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