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Your Questions About Studio Apt For Rent

October 21, 2012

Joseph asks…

Turn him in for Sec 8 Fraud?

One reason I broke up with him was because I’d lost all respect for him because he’s scamming the system. He’s no spring chicken, over 60 yrs old now, and even tho he does have a bad back he has done nothing in his life to deserve the SSI and Sec 8 housing he gets.

He has fraudulently obtained the Sec 8 housing by lying about his assets and the fact that he has a recording studio attached to his apt. in a big old house. When he knows the inspectors are coming (they give plenty of notice) he throws drywall over the door between his apt and studio, paints the wall and it looks like there’s no connection. He has mega thousands of dollars worth of recording equipment and musical instruments. Drums, guitars, keyboards. Everything. Also has two cars when only one car is allowed.

I am torn about whether to do the right thing and report him, knowing he could lose his home, have to pay back over 40K worth of rent and even get jail time. Besides, I have a hunch he’d know it was me that reported him since he’s gotten away with this for around 7 years.

Administrator answers:

Turn him in. It’s jerks like him that make it difficult for people who genuinely assistance to get it. Not to mention waste honest people’s hard earned tax dollars.

James asks…

Should I turn him in?

One reason I broke up with him was because I’d lost all respect for him because he’s scamming the system. He’s no spring chicken, over 60 yrs old now, and even tho he does have a bad back he has done nothing in his life to deserve the SSI and Sec 8 housing he gets.

He has fraudulently obtained the Sec 8 housing by lying about his assets and the fact that he has a recording studio attached to his apt. in a big old house. When he knows the inspectors are coming (they give plenty of notice) he throws drywall over the door between his apt and studio, paints the wall and it looks like there’s no connection. He has mega thousands of dollars worth of recording equipment and musical instruments. Drums, guitars, keyboards. Everything. Also has two cars when only one car is allowed.

I am torn about whether to do the right thing and report him, knowing he could lose his home, have to pay back over 40K worth of rent and even get jail time. Besides, I have a hunch he’d know it was me that reported him since he’s gotten away with this for around 7 years.
The other reasons I broke up with him were because he was lazy and not willing to work for our relationship. I thought if he could mow lawns and play gigs, he wasn’t really disabled and could work for a living, for US, but he refused. So in a nutshell, it’s because he’s a sleazeball.

Administrator answers:

I wouldn`t bother whether he guessed it was you or not (report him anonymously).
You have to remember other people are working their guts out over long hours, to subsidize this Guy. That government money comes from hard working taxpayers.

Thomas asks…

who can tell me if i should buy the house im renting?

I can probably get it for $80k. I’ve lived here 2 yrs and now they want to sell it but i dont want to leave. I play drums, so if i move i need a house or a 1bdr. apt. AND a studio to play drums. done this before, came to $650 a month btw the two. My house now is only $650 a month, so id be spending that money anyway. I also may leave the city im in to pursue career options in the next few yrs..if so is it a pain to rent out a house? its a great piece of property and ppl are telling me to capitalize on it. just intimidated b/c of a current car loanand small school loan. Im very ressponsible, excellent credit and make decent money. im 25, been renting around for years..is it that time ya think? again, consider my other options, being a drummer. thanks to anyone who can help

Administrator answers:

If you have money for a downpayment and closing costs, plus padding for any expenses that come up in the first couple years of ownership, it sounds like it could be a good deal. You’ll want to have a home inspection to be sure there’s nothing majorly wrong with the structure during the buying process.

David asks…

Should I put my grandmother in a nursing home?

My grandmother raised me from birth. I am 21yo, she is 66yo. She was diagnosed with a terminal illness in 2003 and given 3 years to live. Her health has declined but she is still here.
My boyfriend moved into our apartment about a year ago to help me care for her. She is in the Hospice program. A nurse came to our house once a week.
My grandmother is on oxygen 24/7. She smokes. I tried to make her quit smoking so many times. But her Hospice nurse basically said that she doesn’t have much time left so I should just move her oxygen into another room and allow her to. The nurse even brought her cigarettes, though I was opposed to it.
There were 2 small fires caused by my grandmother falling asleep while smoking. The first time I instructed her to only smoke when I was with her. The second time I took away her cigarettes and lighters and told her she was done. She complained/screamed/whined/wouldn’t leave me alone. Finally, I gave them back to her a midnight one night so I could get some sleep for work.
Last week, my apartment burned down. The fire marshall told me it was either her heating pad or cigarettes. She woke up on fire. I had to put her out. I tried to put out her bed but I couldn’t, and the O2 was literally spitting flames everywhere. I am surprised we didn’t die.
My grandmother is still in the hospital. Her doctor recommended that she be released to a nursing facility. She is very upset about this. On one hand, I don’t want to make her do that but on the other I feel like I just can’t handle her anymore. I am so upset. The hospital social worker told me that if I take her in again she will report me to adult protective services. She said I am too “young and irresponsible” because I “let her set herself on fire”. I really did try to put the fire out though! I feel horrible.
I don’t know what to do. Right now my bf and I are staying at his aunt’s. My grandmother can’t stay here. So basically I have these options:
A) Put my grandmother in a nursing facility. Move into a 1 bedroom apt w/ my bf.
B) Try to afford a 2 bedroom apt. Move in w/ my grandmother and bf. (Our old apt is gone, they won’t rent to us again. Can’t blame them)
C) Put my grandmother in a nursing home. Stay at my bf’s aunts until we save enough to get a nicer apt wih my bf. (Right now we can only afford a studio in a not very nice area b/c we would be splitting the rent 2 ways rather than 3 with my grandma)

So what should I do? Sorry it’s so long :(

Administrator answers:

My parents had the same difficult decision to make. My Grandmother kept getting ill, and she would get into problems too. To be honest, you are only one person, and someone in such a difficult situation such as your Grandmothers, needs someone there for them 24/7. After my parents put my Grandmother in a nursing home, she stopped getting into problems, and they took good care of her. My parents visited her everyday for several hours. I think the fact that your house has been burnt down several times, makes it clear that her being by herself is dangerous and she needs professional careers. It would be better for her. We didn’t want our Grandmother in a nursing home, but it turned out, she was much happier. She got more help, and people around her who loved her, and also friends to be around, and lots of entertaining things to do.

John asks…

could a owner of a apartment building do this??

i moved into a pretty old apt like 3 months ago. TODAY i found out that my one bedroom used to be a 2 bedroom and they closed it up on my side and made a studio on the other side. thats not the worse part. The thing is the guy on the other side is still connected to my electricity so im paying his bill. they told me today that part of his rent is supposed to go to me for his half of the bill but it hasnt until today, im not sure if this varies by state but im in san jose ca.

Administrator answers:

Certainly a LL can subdivide his property as he sees fit, as long as he gets work permits from community
Whether he can add additional units depends on zoning and regulations
Certainly a LL is NOT permitted to have one tenant’s electricity connected to another’s, particularly without full disclosure at time of lease signing
If the LL pays the electric bill and it serves two units, that is OK

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