At the same time, in an attempt to stop, or at least slow down the eviction process and buy enough time for the transfer to be processed and a unit at another property to become available, the Ogden Housing Authority purposely mis-quoted HUD's rule on terminating for violations of the lease. In an email I received from Robeka Sessions at Ogden Housing (above), I was incorrectly told that I could only evict for, "serious and repeated violations of the lease."
Knowing that she was being evicted for habitually violating the terms of her lease, the Ogden Housing Authority advised this tenant to apply for a transfer, rather than terminating her per Program rules..
When she was subsequently evicted for illegal drug activity, the Ogden Housing Authority went ahead with the transfer, rather than terminating her from the Program, as required.
"for serious AND/OR repeated violations of the lease."
Several days went by, before he decided that he didn't want to lose his housing assistance because of something somebody else did, and chose to identify the person who was smoking marijuana, hoping that I would cancel his eviction. Which I did.
Program rules dictate that a landlord may evict a tenant if he suspects that the tenant is involved in illegal drug activity. HUD rules dictate that a tenant with a documented history of illegal drug activity on the premises shall be terminated from the Program and become ineligible for assistance in the future.
Rather than immediately terminating the tenant from the Program, the Ogden Housing Authority let the eviction process play out and then helped her negotiate for more time to vacate her unit.
Although "illegal drug activity" was listed on the 30-day notice as the reason for the eviction, and several tenants provided written statements that supported the action, including the host of the December 26, party where the drug activity occurred, the Ogden Housing Authority chose not to terminate her from the Program, in violation of HUD rules. Instead, the Ogden Housing Authority transferred her to another property on the same HUD Program, despite her documented history of illegal drug activity.
When we began to suspect that this tenant was the OHA's informant, my manager and I decided to test our theory, by leaking some juicy, but false information to her and only her. Within hours, the Ogden Housing Authority was on the phone to me with question about that same, phony information... Case closed.
Evidently, in recognition for her many months of providing false information to them, the Ogden Housing Authority decided to reward this tenant, by transferring her to another subsidized property on the same HUD Program, rather than terminating her as they wre required to..
Undoubtedly, this tenant was thrilled to be moving into a new apartment, after thoroughly trashing her apartment in my building. This slideshow (right) documents the condition of her unit when she moved out.
Upon filing a claim for excessive unit damages, the Ogden Housing Authority held a mediation hearing to determine the extent of her liability . Of course, when she pulled out the old, "It was like that when I moved in" routine, the Ogden Housing Authority disallowed much of the damages, even though it was evident to everyone in the room that she was lying through her teeth, including her attorney, who asked her to leave the room several times, due to her emotional outbursts.
|Facebook message from an acquaintance of this tenant|
who clearly recognized that someone should be held accountable
...it's sad that Ogden Housing couldn't see that
During his subsequent eviction the following year, the tenant who did the right thing and identified this tenant and her son as the ones who were smoking marijuana, but was not smoking it himself, was terminated from the housing assistance program by the Ogden Housing Authority, citing illegal drug activity. Meanwhile, this tenant, with a documented history of illegal drug use that is supported by written statements from several other tenants, was transferred to a new apartment at another building, in violation of HUD rules, and her drug activity was never even mentioned in her file.
bends and twists the rules any which way that suits them