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November 12, 2012

Ruth asks…

I am breaking my lease early for my apartment in NJ because I have been approved for a lower income housing.?

I am over 65 years old. The landlord who I contacted by phone advised I would continue to pay rent and utilities until the old space is rented and since the housing market is not good it could take another year. If I am moving from a high rent to an approved lower rent apartment do I have to continue to pay rent at the old place?

Administrator answers:

Yes, of course you do. Your contract still holds.

Although, your landlord explained your rights incorrectly.

You pay until the place is rented or until the lease expires. It is not simply you pay until it is rented. You also do not pay any utility bills, those are separate contracts with the utility companies.

James asks…

How can my rent be more than I make?

I live in Iowa at a low-income apartment complex. The rent is based on your income and it is to be 30%of that income. My job began in July and the mgr did not process papers until this week for that. She went back one yr to determine my new rent. I recieved a child support pymt of $3000 for back child support in Sept of 2005. She used this as well to determine my rent. They knew of this pymt then and did nothing. Now they want to go back and make me pay back rent from then to now. My new rent is $348 and I have to pay an additional $250 for the back untill is paid. I only make $6 an hr and work 32 hrs a wk. I also get $230 a month for child support. How can I be expected to pay more for rent than I make? I wont be able to pay my utilities either! What can I do? I cannot afford to even move to another place at this point. I am just a single mom of 3 kids trying to work my way up alone!!!!!

Administrator answers:

I would kill for that kind of rent! Dispute it with the agency behind the low income housing, it’s probably a gov’t agency and they probaby have some formal dispute process. That is what you need to look into, start at your states website and if you actually have the name of the agency skip that process and contact them directly.

Mandy asks…

I want to rent a apartment not to expensive?

How can apply for low income apartment

Administrator answers:

O.o if 1000 dollars a month isn’t bad,I can get you someplace.

Chris asks…

i want to move to st louis mo and i need help finding a low income house not a apartment help with information?

im looking for a house not a apartment and i want a rent to own house

Administrator answers:

Web sites are a good place to find an apartment or house to rent, if you want to go through the entire list to find one in your state and then city.

The best place to look for places to rent is to go to the yellow pages of your telephone book, look under property managers.

These individuals list properties for rent in certain areas, so make sure you select the areas in which you wish to rent.

Call several of the property managers listed there, tell them you want a list of properties that they have for rent. Some will fax, email or mail the list of local places to rent along with the address, number of bedrooms and bath rooms, amenities available, such as washer and dryers or gyms, the monthly rental of the unit. Most will include a rental application. These list will include the monthly rental required, if a lease or month to month agreement will be signed. They will also indicate if they will accept Section 8 vouchers. They will also indicate it they have disabled access, allow pets and if so the type allowed.

They might indicate a web site that you might visit to get their list of places to rent. It does not cost to get a rental list from a reputable property manager.

Some will require you to stop by their office and pick up the list. A lot of them post their list outside so the list are available 24/7 365.

Make sure you don’t fall for the scams and purchase a list as 70%-80% of these list are composed of free list they have compiled. They are not the property managers of any property in most instances.

You might also google Property managers in whatever city or community you want to live in and see what comes up. Again do not pay for this information as it is free from reliable property managers.

I hope this has been of some benefit to you, good luck.


Lisa asks…

How do you qualify for low income? I need to rent an apt. but I only make $11 an hour.?

I have to move out of my parents house ASAP because they are abusive. I live in socal, so renting an apartment is like having a house payment here ($900-1750). I tried the roomate thing, but every roomate I got was either a klepto, trashed the place, or thought it was ok to sleep till noone (not go to work) and walk around butt naked! I need help!!

Administrator answers:

I believe u have to have 4 people to get on housing but try housing authority’s try googleing it

Sandra asks…

i have a low income an can’t drive. i need to move as close as i can to La. in an area that has public trans ?

an apartment with low rent but that i ‘d llke myself for.

Administrator answers:

The closer you move to LA, the more expensive it will be. You should check out the public transportation system and base your target location on that. LA has a pretty good transportation system (at least it works for me).

For example, you might consider getting the monthly pass for $62. You get unlimited bus and light rail rides. Thus, you could even live far away like North Hollywood, take the train to LA, and then hop onto a bus. They also have quite a few bus lines that terminate at the train stations.

Mary asks…

Low income apartments/housing?

I don’t know if any of you have noticed and it just may be me. But prior to living where I am now…I was living in a really crappy apartment. The rent was okay but I figured for the money I was paying the services should be better. One year into living there…I noticed they were building a new apartment complex. After completion they looked SO beautiful. I decided to go visit and to my surprise they were for low income only. So I asked anyways, and you basically had to make $17,000/year for 3 people to live there. Who survives off of that?! Seriously.

Now that I live in this new place I saw some REALLY nice apartments that were just wow. I decided to go check them out….once again, low income apartments. My bf and I decided to check it out anyway and you had to make $20,000/year for 3 people to live there. My bf makes $50,000/yr and he is being punished for making that amount? It seems like it. This is just my opinion, but what do you all think about this?

I don’t mean to sound harsh and all, I understand this can be a great thing for a big family who is WORKING and barely making it. But what about those that are lazy and just living off of child support or working only a part time job just because they want to live in a nice place. While the ones that strive for a decent income get left with the “ok” rentals with the really bad management.

Administrator answers:

You are certainly not the first person to notice. The question of welfare ways being passed down generationally is another concern. You are not being penalized the low income housing helps other people. Some people do take advantage. The difference is that you have income, and will do things in this world and can have experiences outside of that neighborhood.

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