ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke Councilman Robert Jeffrey, Jr. has been named as the defendant in an unlawful detainer suit, a legal method for getting a tenant out of a property.
The summons was filed earlier this month, involving a property that houses the councilman’s business.
WFXR News’ Evan Johnson dug into this issue and learned that the space at the center of the eviction suit is located on 9th Street NW, where Jeffrey rents a third-floor office for his ColorsVA Magazine.
When WFXR News visited the office around 2 p.m. on Monday, June 28, the office’s lights were off and nobody was there.
According to court records, a claim for eviction has been filed against Jeffrey. The suit was filed by Carroll Carter on behalf of the Northwest Neighborhood environmental organization, which owns the senior apartment complex.
It’s unclear why the councilman is being asked to vacate the space. Records simply indicate it involves some sort of a breach of the lease other than non-payment of rent.
WFXR News reached out to both Jeffrey and Carter, but was unable to speak with either one about the suit.
A hearing for this case is scheduled for July 15.
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