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Surfside mayor gives tenants 45 days to vacate his Miami Beach building

In a lease termination letter, the mayor says the building has needed repairs since Hurricane Irma in 2017.
Credit: AP
Surfside, Fla., Mayor Charles Burkett, right, joins worshipers, late Saturday, June 26, 2021, during a prayer vigil for the victims and families of the Champlain Towers collapsed building in Surfside, at the nearby St. Joseph Catholic Church in Miami Beach, Fla. Many people were still unaccounted for two days after Thursday's fatal collapse. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — A Miami Beach apartment building owned by the mayor of Surfside —  where a condominium collapsed in June — has given his tenants 45 days to vacate the building so extensive repairs can be completed. 

The lease termination letter from Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said they’ve been waiting for the City of Miami Beach to issue permits to repair the damage caused by Hurricane Irma in 2017. He says he hopes the final permit will be issued imminently so work can be completed to the front of the building and the elevator. 

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WSVN reports that the building management determined it was too dangerous for residents to remain in the apartments during the "intensive construction."

The building, called the Lois Apartments, will also be undergoing a required 40-year inspection early, due to the Champlain Towers South collapse.

According to WPLG, residents of the building have complained about the damage for years. Among their list of issues are exposed rebar, balconies that are missing and a malfunctioning elevator.