Occupants at East Ridge Motel Given Short Eviction Notice

EAST RIDGE, Tenn. (WDEF)- Occupants at the Budgetel Inn and Suites Motel in East Ridge are outraged with what they are describing as an abrupt eviction notice.

The motel, located on North Mack Smith Road off of Ringgold Road near the interstate, has had a troubled past. The property used to be the Superior Creek Lodge before it was closed down in 2015. The property came back in 2018 as the Budgetel Inn and Suites.

According to residents this morning, they began receiving calls from their children’s schools about their students being relocated from their respective schools due to them being kicked out of the motel. News 12 asked Hamilton County Schools for a comment on the school’s involvement, declining to directly mention the situation at hand but saying, “Hamilton County Schools works daily to provide available supports for students and families across the district to meet the objective of seeing all children thrive. ”

Bryan Rogers, a resident of Budgetel, expressed his frustration by saying, “What I can’t understand is why they didn’t inform everybody who lived here. Because we got no notice of it. Just a phone call today, this morning, saying that we were going to be kicked out, that the East Ridge City Police Department making everybody move out tomorrow.” News 12 reached out to the East Ridge Police Department for comment, but had none at this time.

After word spreaded throughout the day about people getting kicked out of their rooms, at least 50 people showed up this evening to protest at the East Ridge City Hall.

Among their concerns was where they will be sleeping after being evicted, the lack of communication, and the hastiness of the situation. One woman passionately ranted, “I’m 65 years old, I don’t need to go through this worry and stress.Y’all have me stressed out! This is wrong! I paid my rent.”

Renters at the motel said they paid over $300 per week to stay there, with many of them having paid through at least the end of this week. When News 12 tried to go onto the motel property to get the motel’s side of the story, we were told to get off and that if we did not leave, we would be trespassing.

It is unclear when exactly tomorrow the motel occupants will have to leave, but it appears that the occupants will have to vacate the premises. The Union Gospel Mission is planning to hand out lunches and other supplies to those being affected by this situation. You can donate to them at http://www.theuniongospelmission.org/.

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