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AIR DATE: October 21, 2009

Some people have left their apartments or houses, gone to work and returned to find stickers on the windows and doors warning them to stay out. Others receive visits from seemingly official types who say they have 72 hours to vacate. Still others are offered cash for keys.

That's happening to tenants across the valley as banks hire agents who hire people to hustle tenants out of properties they want to sell. On this edition of our series, "Hope at Home: Facing the Foreclosure Crisis," we ask the question: what are the legal rights of renters, and is the law protecting them adequately in Southern Nevada?

Reporter Adam Burke recounts one man's struggle to find out who is making decisions about the condo he rents. And we talk with lawyers and other tenants' advocates about what the landlord bank can do to get tenants to leave and what rights tenants have to stay in their rented accommodation.

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