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DENVER -- Dozens of residents at a Denver apartment complex were given until today to pack up their belongings and move out as part of a redevelopment project.

There are about 19 units at the Autumn Aarms apartments. Back in February, renters received a notice saying the building had been bought and the new owners planned to redevelop the building. The letter also said the residents had to vacate. Since they didn't have leases and only paid month to month, they had no other choice.

"I'm trying to find a place, but there's nothing out there," said Dorothy Trujillo, a resident.

Many, like Trujillo, still haven't found a place to go. They're not sure what's going to happen, but they're willing to wait and see.

'It's very difficult. It's frustrating. Every place I call has a 30 day to 3 year waiting list," said Trujillo.

Saint Anthony's Group LLC purchased the apartment complex. The group hasn't returned FOX31's calls.

The average rent in the city of Denver is $1,100-$1,300. Since Autumn Aarms accepted low income Section 8 families, some renters only had to pay $150-$200 a month.

"Some are planning on living on the streets. Others are going to family members. I don't have any family members. Just me and my daughter," said Trujillo.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the day everyone was supposed to move out, about half the complex's residents were still on the property.

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