SPOKANE-- More than 30 people who lived in the Shogun Plaza have reached a settlement with the building's owner.
A little over six months ago the Shogun Plaza was filled with several dozen low income tenants. It's been empty ever since they were kicked out of their homes in September. Tuesday these families finally have closure, and are able to move forward.
It’s been a long road for many of these families. Last fall, dozens of tenants were evicted from their apartments at the shogun plaza. The fire department shut the plaza down after citing numerous code violations.
The building never had proper permits to house people in the first place.
Attorney José Trejo represents 30 tenants who filed a lawsuit against the building's owner, Jong Lee.
According to the residential landlord tenant act, if tenants are evicted because of code violations, they are allowed to collect monetary damages.
After months of discussion, an agreement has finally been reached.
To avoid lengthy litigation, renters agreed on a settlement with Lee for about $1,200 each.
It’s money Trejo hopes will give these families a fresh start, and will bring closure to all who suffered.
KREM 2 News spoke to Jong Lee back in October, where said he was sorry, and only wanted to help low income families find a cheap place to live. Tuesday night he could not be reached.