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Subject: How to get rid of problematic Section 8 tenants
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IngridH1
(California)

Posts:7


01/06/2011 6:18 PM  
Our complex is a mess! Most units purchased were foreclosed and there was no HOA so we are in the midst of forming one. There are a few people on board of this project whereas others complain and do nothing more because they are in it just for the money. There is one woman who is on Section 8 and has had the police over twice in the last 6 weeks or so. Once the SWAT team came and busted down the door. I know that her housing is paying her landlord on time however the landlord is facing foreclosure. How can we legally rid ourselves of this woman and her brood before the owner has to give an official notice of foreclosure?
TimB4
(Virginia)

Posts:8998


01/06/2011 7:02 PM  
Ingrid,

An Association has little authority over tenants and guests.

If anyone within an Association is breaking the law then the police should be contacted, as they have the authority and training to deal with those issues. The Association does not.

Tim

FionaC
(California)

Posts:212


01/06/2011 8:17 PM  
Tim is right.

However.... I must say I sympathize in your plight. When I moved in our building 9 years ago, it was well known we had a section 8'r here in the building. The resident herself was an elderly frail woman who was in poor health. She was NOT the problem. Howver, her grand daughter with her 3 kids and a 4th on the way was. The board here had complaints of cigarette butts outside the grounds left by them, noise, police constantly it didn't stop for a few years until..

The grandaughter verbally attacked one of our grounds keepers and filed assault charges. The grandaughters "boyfriend" verbally attacked a board member accusing her of being racist against them... little did this bright light know that the board member was biracial and in fact part the same race as he. It was ugly. The police were involved so much it didn't stop until charges were being brought up against the said individuals did they get the hint and leave.

Keep that local non emergent number at hand. If you think here is something bad going on like or someone's life is potentially in harm.. do 911. After awhile the cops and the neighbors constant involvement will be a deterrant for the renters..

It took time, but police is the way to go... be firm and consistent.
SusanW1
(Michigan)

Posts:5202


01/07/2011 7:05 AM  
Who owns this unit?

THAT is the person who needs to be brought out on the carpet.

SheliaH
(Indiana)

Posts:783


01/07/2011 8:45 AM  
Sometimes people automatically assume problem tenants are section 8, but that's not always true - in fact, I believe there are conduct standards the tenants must follow to remain eligible for the program. In my community, we've had some section 8 residents (I don't think we have any at the moment) and a few did cause problems, but the majority were fine (in fact, a few could teach the HOMEOWNERS a few lessons about appropriate behavior and being a good neighbor!)

As others have stated, the person you really need to hammer is the owner - he or she is ultimately responsible for the behavior of the tenants (and the section 8 program requires landlords to keep the homes in a habitable condition).

So, if you KNOW FOR A FACT this lady is section 8, you might want to contact the local housing agency in your area that administers the program and see what you could do. Start documenting bad behavior, (dates, times, people involved and get statements from witnesses and photos, if possible). Perhaps if you send a nastygram to the owner and copy the tenant AND the housing agency, that might do the trick.
BrianB
(California)

Posts:2803


01/07/2011 1:54 PM  
i just came to offer that their status as section 8 or not should have NO bearing on the actions taken.

A, B, and C are against the rules. It should not matter who does said actions, the punishment should be the same. If HOA president does A, the punishment should be the same as if world's worst tenant does A. That's fair.

I understand life isn't fair, and that it is legal to discriminate in a lot of situations, but a good board should strive to deal with the actions, and leave all the other stuff aside.
IngridH1
(California)

Posts:7


01/07/2011 6:31 PM  
Thank you all for your replies. I don't have a problem with the woman but her actions are ridiculous. So bad that the cops have been over twice as said by my tenants and other owners. I don't care that she is on Section 8 but given the eviction rules for participants, she is problematic. If I contact housing, she may lose her benefits, which is not my intention. I don't want to hear the police are there on account of her and that her guests are yelling at tenants.
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