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June 2, 2012

John asks…

Prospective tenant not happy about me not renting to him because of 4 dogs was I wrong?

I have an apartment open that I had been advertising. A couple of the places I have advertised is online classifieds for the area (not craigslist but kind of similar). I had a response from a man who had asked about doing a small fence for a garden (he specifically said a garden). When I spoke to him on the phone he then said he had 4 dogs and wanted to fence off part of the yard for his dogs.

I told him that we could not allow him to section off part of the yard. I told him a garden with a small fence would be fine that we have had tenants do things like that with flower gardens but we just couldn’t let him and only him have part of the yard. It was unfair to the other tenants and their pets because I did not do the same and could not offer them the same because of the limited space we have and we must all share it. I also told him that I could not allow 4 dogs in the apartment he wished to rent because it had wood flooring and had been restored. That I had another apartment that I would be ok with having pets in. But not the one he wished to rent. He was very angry and went on a rampage telling me how it was unfair and he plans to turn me into HUD. (He is on it and I participate in it)

(I did tell him if he was interested in the other unit to let us know and we could meet and go from there. I was unsure because of all the pets. He also had a cat.)

Was I in any way wrong? (I am in PA)
Thnx I just wanted to double check that I didn’t somehow violate his rights. HUD comes in because I accept it and he is on it. I do allow one small cat or dog. I have made an exception now and then and allow 2 pets. But no rodents and such. It is in the lease about pets and the stipulations that go with them. (one thing is that they can’t be outside alone. so he couldn’t simply put them in a fence and let them anyways)

I was not too worried bc I didn’t think I did anything wrong but I wanted to double check. Thanks again!

Administrator answers:

Uh…no. You sound like you made a wise choice here.

Ruth asks…

Please help! I was given a 7 day eviction notice from an apartment that my friend is leasing! Please help! ?

my “friend” let me and my family rent his extra room in his apartment he is leasing. I have a 2 year old and a fiancee. I asked if we could be put on the lease and he had a million excuses. Anyway we were given a 7 day eviction notice by his apartment place today. I need to know if HUD can help me or if anyone knows if they would move faster for someone in my situation. My fiancee recently lost his job so my income is all we have and I am a server and season has not fully kicked in yet at my job. But anyways I need someone who knows what I can do and fast. I would be forever in debt to anyone who really could help. I am just asking for good advice. I know I need to speak to hud but i am hoping maybe someone out there would know the best way to go about this. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help. I need a GREAT answer. Please no BS about blah blah whay is your fiancee not working or that I am a bad mom I just ran into a very hard time and the way this economy is you should be understanding and not judgmental. Thank you for your time and I hope to god that I get the help I need asap.

PS I don’t know if this helps but right now I am not making barely any money at my job because I am a server so I really do not have money for a deposit for my own place thats why i am trying to just get into a place. I wil be fine after Thanksgiving is over but I only have less then a week. By then it will be too late.
My “friend” would nto put me on the lease and. he went back and forth about it at times saying yes and then when i was ready to go he said no. He over charged me to begin with and I paid all of his rent for the month and come to find out he was the one who asked the aprtment place to vacate us because he has been hitting on me and said ot me last night that ” I could stay and so could the baby if i kicked my fiancee out and dated him. So to the person who says ” I put him at risk” and how he is a good person he is a real live walking talking peice of crap. What part of I needed real answers not criticism did you NOT understand? Thank you to all who submitted REAL answers and didn’t just write a repeated version of what I said. I went on and on about me because guess what…I NEEDED AN ANSWER FOR MY KID. he is at risk..the only thing that a**hole is at risk of is getting the crap kicked out of him and possibly sued for taking my money and then not even a week later doing this!!

Administrator answers:

I’m not sure what HUD could do for you. Unless the apartment is specifically part of a HUD program, they can’t do much for you. If the apartment is a subsidized, your “friend” cannot sublet or have you move-in without the housing program’s approval.

What type of seven day notice did you receive? Is it a termination notice? An actual “eviction” notice usually requires a court order issued after a court hearing and court summons. If the notice isn’t really an eviction notice, then you probably have time while the case goes through the court system.

What’s up with your “friend”. Did he not pay the rent? You should try to find a new place and consider suing your “friend” if you paid him rent.

Betty asks…

Could i lose my apartment if I use my friend address so my kids can go to a different school ?

Currently I live in subsidized housing my friend does not she live in an another apartment complex where she pays market rent .We both live in the same district .She was thinking about putting me on her lease so my kids can go to a better school .
My question is do hud have anyway of finding out that I’m on somebody else lease. I’m not living with them I just want to use there address . Also could I lose my apartment ?
Some of you guys are assholes I’m trying to do whats best for my kids I don’t won’t them going to a neighborhood school. To the others thanks for the positive comments .

Administrator answers:

It’s never a good idea to play around with the law.

Mary asks…

Eviction notice for apartment in tennessee?

i live in an apartment complex and just recieved an evicition notice. We have been getting free rent paid by rural development not hud or section 8 or housing authority those are diffrent when we moved in at first we were paying rent bc we had a job then lost the job and got free rent but new owners bought the property and remodeled we were contracted for a 2 bedroom they moved us temporarily to remodel our apt which was finished back in march and now someone is living in our apt but they put us in a one bedroom and now refuse to move us back to a 2bedroom we now have a job again and didnt tell them about it for a month or so they said since we did not tell them right away we terminated our lease and now we are being evicted is there anything we can do about this ? they have not asked us to pay anything also how long will they give us to get out? what can we do we dont really have the money for a deposit and first month rent right now bc the job is fast food and only 20 hrs a week

Administrator answers:

You took a big risk not complying with the rules to report any change in income and household members within 10 days. When you violate the HUD rules that is considered fraud and they have the right to terminate your participation in the HUD housing program. I am sorry for you that you did not tell them about the job. If you are a couple you are only entitled to a 1-bdrm. Apt.

They can evict you and you may lose your voucher and be thrown off the HUD program. It is a rural subsidized program. You wont be eligible for any other type of housing. They give you the standard 30 days to move if you are lucky. You have to move to a room for rent if you cant afford an apartment.

There is nothing you can do because HUD has terminated your voucher and they will not pay the landlord for the rent. If you want to stay there, you must pay the entire rent yourselves. Speak to the landlord about that.

James asks…

A little advice please?

My husband just went to jail for a domestic violence, he was already on parole and faces going back to prison now for 15 months or more. since we lost his income, and he hadnt paid the bills for two months I am now facing eviction june 1st. Victims assistance in my area wont pay for me to stay in my apartment now for fear that I may take my husband back, but the rent here is only 800 per month, they may help and they may not as well, pay for me to move, but then the rent will be 1500 per month, and they will only pay for the month of june and the deposit to get me into the place. I work for walmart and only make 9 an hour and even if I stay at my current apartment I dont make enough money to pay my rent.The section 8 or HUD housing assistance program has a two year waiting list. does anyone out there have any suggestions as to what I should do?

Administrator answers:

My friend of 15 years just went through this. She moved in with me for a few months until she was able to get back on her feet. She worked overtime as much as possible and picked up a second job. She worked her but off but she now has her own place. The assistance office also helped her with food stamps and babysitting for her daughter.

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