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May 23, 2012

George asks…

Apartment complex refuses to discuss charge for maintainence?

i live in government funded apartments, and called because my sinks were backed up. The maintainence man was there for about 10 minutes and only had to remove a little bit of hair from my tub. When i call to get my rent charges for this month they added 35.00 o my bill for this. I have called over 10 times, emailed several people to discuss this charge, but whenever i talk to anyone they can not give me an answer and just says i have to pay it. The director of our complex is always out or busy when i call, and refuses to answer my e-mail. What are my rights if they will not discuss this with me, and told me i just have to pay it, and there is no one above the director for me to go to, HUD funds our apartments so it seems like someone would be above the apartment complex director..any suggestions or knowledge of my rights?

Administrator answers:

Most plumbers/maintenance people have a minimum charge. A $35 charge is really very, very low. I assure you, if I, as a homeowner, called a maintenance person for this problem, I’d have to pay much more. Plus, this is something that you should have taken care of yourself. You should have removed that hairball yourself.

Joseph asks…

Random apartment w/o notice search leads to city inspection. Is this legal?

I rent an apartment in an apartment complex in California. Regular apartment lease (no public housing, HUD, subsidized, or anything like that – just a regular apartment). I am a single guy living by myself. I am usually a neat person, but like anyone else sometimes I let my place go for a week or so if work stresses are high, not expecting any friends over, and I didn’t have time to clean up everyday. I admit, my place was not in the greatest shape but one day I came home and all of the lights in my apartment were off and my patio door was open. I NEVER turn all of the lights off (even when I go to sleep) let alone leave the patio door open. I was kind of pissed as I suspect this has happened once before (but could not prove it). Anyway, 2 days later I get a notice taped to my front door that the rental management and the city needs to perform an inspection on my apartment. I cleaned up my place, of course. They came, I wasn’t there, and again all of the lights were off when I got home but they left no documentation as to what was inspected and what was found. I called the rental office who confirmed that inspection took place but act aloof as to what was inspected, why, and results of the inspection. Is this legal?
Hi Landlord – The city inspection notice was 48 hours in advanced which was fine. I haven’t filed any complaints. The rental office has never contacted me about neighbor complaints. I don’t smoke, rarely do I play loud music. I take the garbage out daily. The worse thing I think I do is laugh at the TV loudly at times :)
Hi Mavis – I was under the belief that Landlords can only enter apartments at random if it is city/state funded (i.e., HUD, subsidizeds, Section 8, etc). I’ll reread my lease and check into it.

Administrator answers:

They were inspected, not the inspectors.

Have you been calling up and filling some sort of complaint against them?

If it was not you it was one of the neighbors.

Yes, the city can send in inspectors for Environmental Health at any time, completely legal. They only show up if there is a complaint against the landlord, such as no heat, no water, etc. They came in to check to see if the complaint is valid.

The landlord can not deny them entry, there are not the police, they do not require a search warrant.

Ken asks…

Why would FEMA charge the victims of the Greensburg Kansas tornado $667 per month rental on the RV trailers?

In todays local news, FEMA will begin charging the rsidents of Greensburg $667 a month to stay in the trailers provided to them due to the tornado.

Katrina victims have yet to pay a cent for the trailers they still reside in, 3 years after the calamity of Katrina.

How can the feds explain this bold, yet almighty ignorant move?

They do not charge the Katrina victims for their trailers, and then buy/rent houses and apartments for them until 3/09, up to 1200 a month!

The following was released by FEMA Oct 1st 2008, and is cut and pasted directly from their website.
NEW ORLEANS, La. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are working together to find apartments to house the anticipated 2,000 families that will be moving out of travel trailers or mobile homes and entering the rental housing market. In order to do that, they are asking landlords to register their available rental units to help link families with homes.

FEMA, through HUD‘s Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP), will pay landlords housing DHAP participants up to 120 percent of the fair market rental rate. In Orleans Parish, for example, FEMA will pay up to $1,188.00 per month for a two bedroom apartment. Payments will be made through March of 2009.

Individual support continues with nearly $1.3 billion to individuals and families:

274,758 individuals and families have been approved for the Individuals and Households Program (IHP) totaling more than $1.2 billion;
216,557 individuals and families have been approved for Housing Assistance totaling more than $851 million;
134,892 Mississippians have been approved for more than $416 million in Other Needs Assistance (ONA);
3,627 temporary housing units (travel trailers and mobile homes) in service. More than 39,000 units have been deactivated;
2,235 total occupied units in the three lower counties.
Hancock 507
Harrison 1,171
Jackson 557
More than 2,800 Mississippi families who are Katrina survivors have moved from FEMA temporary housing to a Mississippi Cottage. The Mississippi Cottage is a part of the Mississippi Alternative Housing Program, which is administered by MEMA and is funded by a $280 million federal grant.

WHen will this idiocracy STOP?!

Administrator answers:

I bet the best answer would be the fact that ther population of Greensburg was 99% white, working class individuals.
Whereas, Katrina victims are 98% BLACK, welfare recipient, pieces of trash. I know a cop that spent time in the Superdome with all the “refugees”.
Rape, murder, theft, drugs……..thats what they did down there….not to mention the fact that they are slobs who expected the relief workers to pick up the mess they made and be waited on hand and foot

They are disgusting, and so is what FEMA is trying to pull here!

Charles asks…

I live in subsidized housing/hud… 30 percent of income?

HI my child,fiance and I living in an apartment that goes by 30 percent of your income. At the moment I go to school full time and our only income is my fiances unemployment check which equals to 178 a week AFTER taxes.
Our rent is 252 a month. They go by his unemployment check BEFORE taxes so they are going by $203. Seems like we are having such a difficult time coming up wit out rent every month. Is the price of our rent accurate? I tried figuring it out on my own.
203×4=812….30 % of 812=243.6
I just don’t understand why it’s 252 and not 243? Maybe because some months have 5 weeks?
They also claim we get a discount for having a child but I don’t think we do. I think we are being over charged if anything….Please let me know! Thank you!
why do you divide the 52 weeks by 12?

Administrator answers:

There’s a little more than 4 weeks per month. Multiply what he’s getting by 52 to get the year’s total, divide by 12 to get the month’s total, you get 263.90. Then you get the discount for your child.

Maybe you need to get a part time job if you can’t pay the rent.

Daniel asks…

I live in subsided housing/hud… 30 percent of income?

HI my child,fiance and I living in an apartment that goes by 30 percent of your income. At the moment I go to school full time and our only income is my fiances unemployment check which equals to 178 a week AFTER taxes.
Our rent is 252 a month. They go by his unemployment check BEFORE taxes so they are going by $203. Seems like we are having such a difficult time coming up wit out rent every month. Is the price of our rent accurate? I tried figuring it out on my own.
203×4=812….30 % of 812=243.6
I just don’t understand why it’s 252 and not 243? Maybe because some months have 5 weeks?
They also claim we get a discount for having a child but I don’t think we do. I think we are being over charged if anything….Please let me know! Thank you!

Administrator answers:

30% of the gross income is how they calculate (before taxes) 203×52= 10556 / 12 = 879.66 x 30% = 263.90. So yep looks like you are getting a discount for the child,

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