Stamford family faces eviction because of baby

John, Janaina and little Maya Alves moved into their new apartment at 140 Grove St. in Stamford on June 3.The next day, however, with their

STAMFORD - John, Janaina and little Maya Alves moved into their new apartment at 140 Grove St. in Stamford on June 3.

The next day, however, with their belongings still in boxes, the Alveses got a call from the landlord's secretary, who said that they must move out at once because they have a baby.

According to the apartment complex's bylaws, only two people are allowed to live in each apartment.

But John Alves says no one mentioned the two-person rule to them when they signed the lease and it did not occur to them to put down their daughter's name because she is only 3 months old.

Alves called the property manager's office at Grubb & Ellis in an attempt to clear up the misunderstanding.?I said, 'This isn't really even a third person, it's a 3-month-old baby,'? Alves recalled. ?He said that it's 'three heartbeats.'"

The landlord, Joseph Tomonto, was not immediately available for comment.

Alves said that under Stamford city regulations, three people can legally live in that apartment, and it has been reported that city and state regulations usually trump private apartment bylaws.

Alves said all they want to do is stay in the apartment for the remainder of their one-year lease.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

They say crews arrived shortly after receiving a 1 Woman killed in Norwalk fire
A Stamford family says they're shocked to be 2 Family faces blight charges over racial slur on garage
The incident happened at 4700 block of Main 3 Driver trapped in car after Bridgeport crash
Nassau Police say they arrested a 23-year-old man 4 Police: Uber driver beaten unconscious by passenger
The event features deals and specials at two 5 Stamford Downtown holds Winter Restaurant Weeks

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Focus on Connecticut Focus on Connecticut

Features local, state and federal officials discussing the issues around southwestern Connecticut.

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut. Our Lives

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut.

Each week News 12 Connecticut introduces you to Hometown Hero

News 12 highlights people who give to the community.

We spotlight a local team each week. Connecticut Team of the Week

Each week News 12 Connecticut highlights a team from a local school.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE