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Updated: 10/16/2012 11:30 pm
Jacksonville, Fla.-- Dozens of people have just hours left until they're homeless.

They have until 10 a.m. Wednesday to move out of the Baymeadows Inn and Suites. Bankruptcy is shutting the place down and people were given almost no warning. "I don't understand how they can put people out on the street," said Paul Curl.

Curl just moved in Saturday with his pregnant girlfriend. "I paid $750 in rent. I paid cash," said Curl.

Tuesday morning, he had a knock on the door he didn't expect. "They said be out tomorrow between 10 and 11."

Action News did some digging to find out what is going on. We found the owner of the property filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last year. They owe thousands to companies like JEA and Advanced Disposal.

We called the owner, who would only say no comment, and gave us the attorney's phone number. The attorney for Apex Holding, which owns the property, tells Action News that the owners knew if the property wasn't sold by the end of September that the bank would take over.

In an email, the attorney said, "My understanding is that the receiver and current management were informing guests at the hotel about the transition. I also understand that all guests are being given the opportunity to move to another hotel close by at no additional cost to them.

All the guests we talked with didn't hear that story. What makes them so upset is no one told him when he moved in just two days ago. "I have no idea what to do or where I'm going to go," said Curl.

People who live at the hotel are packing and were told the power will be shut off by 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The attorney for the holding company tells Action News he will do some checking and get back to us about how everything will be worked out with relocating and reimbursing guests here.

Once everyone is out of that building, we're told a foreclosure sale will take place, likely in the next 45 days. The holding company does not own any other properties in the area.
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