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I live in subsidized apartments (HUD pays a portion of my rent which is income based) I am being harassed by a the head maintenance man, who’s wife works in the offices of the company who manages my apartments. I have been accused of maintenance neglect that was there prior to my moving in. I did not pass inspection this year, I received a list of things that needed to be done that were already done. I am suffering from a broken back and very low income. In spite of my pain I keep up my place fairly well. I cannot afford car insurance or to register my vehicle and it is Christmas. I was given 10 days to remedy these problems or my kids and i will be evicted. And I was told to remove the car off the property immediately. I have no idea what to do. I over heard the maintenance man say that he was in my apartment taking pictures (without written notice) of my portable washing machine, which i need because i am unable to carry clothes to be cleaned. So, he knew just where to find it in my closet during inspection and report it to management. I understand following the rules, but why can’t an exception be made because of my back? i have no one else to help me! And I am told in my letter that I must do the repairs needed on my apartment at a cost to me. I do not know what to do, but would appreciate an advocate. I am so afraid of becoming homeless before Christmas. And I’m afraid to fight with this management out of fear of them using more against me to evict me. I’m trying so hard. I just need help.
This was managements inspection to make sure things are in order for HUD. HUD is supposed to randomly choose apartments later this month to inspect. So management is pinning maintenance issues on me that are not my doing.
my back is broken and i do have medical documentation. I make $ 500 dollars a month which is why i am already sweating Christmas. I do have many other bills including medical…there is no income based car insurance, it is simply not in my budget and i have no other alternatives. I am not an excuse maker, just everything is crashing down on me at once and i feel trapped and hopeless. I appreciate all the advice given…thank you.

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    July 18, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Whose inspection did you fail, HUD or the apartment manager? I suggest you contact HUD. When HUD does an inspection and the apartment fails it is up to the landlord to fix things, not the tenanat. HUD has certain guidelines that landlords have to follow. Make them aware of your situation and see if they can help.

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    July 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Go to HUD housing counselor for advice and help.

    Your back gives you no right to have unregistered vehicle on premises. It violates lease agreements and city/village ordinances. If your portable washing machine is a violation, then unless you can show under the ADA that it is required as an accommodation to you due to your disability, you cannot have it there.

    Generally repairs are responsibility of management, unless they are damages done by tenants/occupants. Was this a HUD inspection which was failed? Generally it is LL, not tenant, who is responsible to make the repairs, it is part of their responsibility under the housing agreement. Talk to HUD counselor about this also.

    You can’t have it both ways. You can’t break all the rules and just say you have to because you’re disabled. And then whine that it’s Christmas (not even December yet). You can’t fail to discuss issues with management. And LL should NOT be in your unit without notice, whether taking photos or inspecting or anything else.

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    July 18, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    While I understand your specific situation, rules ARE rules. If you needed an exception to allow you to have a portable washing machine, the approach is NOT to install one with hopes of NOT being caught.
    You need to work within the rules of the property management. Arrange a meeting with management to discuss your situation, asking for exception due to your situation. They do NOT have to agree, but it is your best approach. If your ‘back situation’ is medically diagnosed, rules require accommodations to such. However, if you are just complaining about a ‘back issue’ without medical diagnosis, you won’t get anywhere.

    As a landlord, I cannot even start to list the assorted excuses I have been given, and most are without credibility. I accommodate such where it is medically documented, but I IGNORE any other such complaints.

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