Nov 16

The nations public housing system is poised to undergo historic changes. Some housing advocates are saying “too much, too soon,” while other contend it cant happen soon enough.

via Twin Cities Daily Planet.

Nov 11

HENDERSON, Nev. — When Shawnetta Newburn left her drug-infested St. Louis neighborhood in search of a better life for her family in Las Vegas, she didn’t expect to live in a house with frills worthy of a McMansion.But Paradise awaited.

via MSN Real Estate.

Sep 05

The Omaha Housing Authority is using a stricter inspection code for low-income housing than allowed under federal standards, a landlord suing the agency said Wednesday.

John Malone Sr. said the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development hasn’t approved OHA’s use of a stricter code, which the city has used to exclude his rental properties from Section 8 housing.

Malone filed a whistle-blower lawsuit against OHA in October on behalf of the federal government. It was unsealed Tuesday.

According to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, OHA submitted false documents to the federal government and received at least $250,000 because of the misrepresentations. It also says OHA retaliated against Malone by denying low-income housing contracts for three of his properties, among other things.

via Omaha.com.

Aug 08

When Shawnetta Newburn left her drug-infested St. Louis neighborhood in search of a better life for her family in Las Vegas, she didn’t expect to live in a house with frills worthy of a McMansion.

But Paradise awaited.

That’s the name of the gated community where Ms. Newburn, a single mother who makes $10.50 an hour as a pawn-shop cashier, rents a three-bedroom townhouse with soaring ceilings, a gas-fueled fireplace and an oversize walk-in closet in the largest bedroom. The master bath even includes an enclosed toilet room, a feature popular in mini-mansions.

via WSJ.com.

Jul 11

Bratcher applied for admission to the federally funded Rent Assistance Program administered by the [Milwaukee] Housing Authority. By a form letter dated August 23, 2007, the Housing Authority advised Bratcher that it was denying her admission into the program, stating:

At this time, program staff has decided to deny your admission based on the findings of your background check. The reasons for your denial isare listed below:

Specifically1. You were arrested for Battery on 9/14/04 by the Milwaukee Police Department.2. You were found guilty of Disorderly Conduct on 10/7/03 in Milwaukee Municipal Court.

via Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

Feb 14

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – A Dubuque landlord has decided to no longer accept Section 8 tenants after he found a rental unit in shambles and the tenant gone.

via Sioux City IA: News, Weather and Sports.

Jan 02

An interesting, soon to be published case on denial of a rental applicant.  This probably has little impact except for Section 8 applicants, but it could also be a basis for Fair housing questions too.

In this case the Housing Authority denied an application because the prospective tenant had been found guilty in a default judgment on municipal citations for disorderly conduct, and assault and battery

Read the case here

Nov 21

The thought of reading through a lengthy legislative act is painful to many of us; however, for a real estate investor, this is one that is a necessity.  Your State's Landlord and Tenant legislation is something investors must be familiar with and have on hand at all times.

via The Trump Blog.

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