Tuesday, February 24, 2015

OHA Orders Gun Toting Tenant Must Stay

In November 2010, after the violent assault of a tenant by her live-in boyfriend, we were notified by a relative of the tenant, that her boyfriend, was seriously involved in illegal drug activity and was known to be carrying a loaded handgun.

Out of fear for her safety and the safety of her infant and newborn children, the tenant, who had already filed for a protection order, asked us in writing, to remove her boyfriend from her lease and add him to our letter of agency with the Ogden City Police Department.

We did as the tenant asked, out of immediate concern for the safety of everyone in the building, after the tenant informed us that due to his drug use, her boyfriend had become increasingly unstable in recent weeks, and would routinely sit with a loaded gun pointed at the front door.  

On November 25, 2010, I was reprimanded by the Ogden Housing Authority's Special Programs Manager, for removing the tenant's boyfriend from the lease, without obtaining their approval first.

I informed Ogden Housing that the tenant had made her request to remove him in writing, after her boyfriend had physically assaulted her.  I also informed them about his illegal drug activity, and that he was reportedly known to be carrying a loaded handgun (on the property) and had become increasingly unstable in recent weeks.

Nevertheless, the Ogden Housing Authority forbid me from removing him, despite his history of increasingly unstable and violent behavior.

Days later...
Evidently, on the morning of November 29, 2010, the tenant's boyfriend, woke up on the wrong side of the bed and decided that it would be a good time to assault his girlfriend once again. This time, throwing her through a glass French door in the unit. (left)

To avoid being taken into custody, the tenant's boyfriend went on the run for more than a month, until information we obtained from another tenant, led to his capture on December 26, 2010, at a local Day's Inn motel.

At this point, the Ogden Housing Authority was still trying to determine if there was enough cause to remove him from the  lease, or possibly evict them both.

On January 25, 2011, upon his release from jail, we had to call the police out to the building yet again, after the tenant's boyfriend had attempted to kick in her back door and gain entry to the unit, to beat up his girlfriend again.

During pest control servicing of the unit, the tenant once complained that on windy days, the ceiling tiles in her kitchen would blow and fall down, which was her excuse for how one of them got broken. After her subsequent eviction, while her boyfriend was in jail, we discovered the real reason her ceiling tiles were blowing in the wind.

During the renovation of the unit, we discovered that, in the space above the ceiling tiles, was one of the original attic access panels for the building. Evidently, that's where the tenant's boyfriend was hiding the drugs he was selling and being in jail, he wasn't able to retrieve them.

Talk about Ogden Housing missing the mark!
Theyre probably still trying to decide if I should evict this tenant and her gun carrying boyfriend

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