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COVID-19 rental assistant (by Doris [MA]) Jul 18, 2021 4:56 PM
       COVID-19 rental assistant (by Vee [OH]) Jul 18, 2021 8:40 PM
       COVID-19 rental assistant (by Al [MO]) Jul 18, 2021 9:52 PM
       COVID-19 rental assistant (by Al [MO]) Jul 18, 2021 9:52 PM
       COVID-19 rental assistant (by DJ [VA]) Jul 19, 2021 7:08 AM
       COVID-19 rental assistant (by Smokowna [MD]) Jul 20, 2021 7:30 AM
       COVID-19 rental assistant (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Jul 21, 2021 9:36 PM
       COVID-19 rental assistant (by Small potatoes [NY]) Jul 22, 2021 1:20 PM
       COVID-19 rental assistant (by Doris [MA]) Jul 24, 2021 9:12 PM

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COVID-19 rental assistant (by Doris [MA]) Posted on: Jul 18, 2021 4:56 PM
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Please help

First of all, thank you for reading this. I am the landlord for a unit located in Quincy, MA. Back to Oct, 2020. The condo associate asked me to evict my 2 tenants as they suspected that they are using drugs (which is true found after the trial) in the unit and voilant and disturb other people in the building. During Covid-19 pandemic, it is so hard and take too long to evict them. This year June, 2021, I was finally notified to go to housing court trial (about 8 months). In the court, an agreement reached that they will get rental asisstance by the end of Oct, 2021and pay me the rent from now on. Just after the trial and reached the agreement, the condo associate contact me again and told me that police arrested them (before this accident and before the trial, police went to them once, but I could not get the police report before the trial. I got it after the court trial and I filed it immediately with housing court. The police report that they are using drugs). I just checked that their application for rental assistant and the government office told me that they applied in February, 2021, and the office ask for more information from them and they never submitted it and the application expired. They need to reapply for it. (But in the court they lied and they said they are in the process.)

My questions is:

1. Upon this situation, what I should do to get my money back (they owe me more than $14000 by now since I notify them to quit. ).

2. If they cannot get rental assistant, can the court order them to pay the arrears to me?

3. I filed enforcement of the agreement, but I am afraid that I have to wait another 8 month to hear from the court and more rents not been paid)

4. I also want to know what it is the dead end for applying for rental assistant in state of Massachusetts

5. The best results, I will get my money back and get them out of the unit.

6. Any better solution welcomed. Thank you

--24.147.xx.xxx




COVID-19 rental assistant (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jul 18, 2021 8:40 PM
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In my area the unit would be cleared out by the police and I change locks - submit positive results of narcotics to housing staff and the former tenants would not be allowed to apply for another housing unit for 3-5 years. Get a manager who knows about sec8 and a lawyer to manage operations for you. --76.188.xxx.xxx




COVID-19 rental assistant (by Al [MO]) Posted on: Jul 18, 2021 9:52 PM
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Your lease should allow for eviction if you can prove drug use which it sound like you can. MA law may have similar provisions even if your lease does not, you would have to check. If either of those situations hold then you can evict regardless of any other Covid rules. I would get them out as soon as you legally can.

With regard to getting your back rent. Of course you can ask the court for a judgement on that but to be honest good luck on collecting anything, I think you should be prepared to write that off. Donít let the thoughts of getting rental assistance and back rent impact your decision t9 evict, IMO the chances of you getting anything backdated are very slim to none. You should evict, and move on, --107.77.xxx.xxx




COVID-19 rental assistant (by Al [MO]) Posted on: Jul 18, 2021 9:52 PM
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Your lease should allow for eviction if you can prove drug use which it sound like you can. MA law may have similar provisions even if your lease does not, you would have to check. If either of those situations hold then you can evict regardless of any other Covid rules. I would get them out as soon as you legally can.

With regard to getting your back rent. Of course you can ask the court for a judgement on that but to be honest good luck on collecting anything, I think you should be prepared to write that off. Donít let the thoughts of getting rental assistance and back rent impact your decision t9 evict, IMO the chances of you getting anything backdated are very slim to none. You should evict, and move on, --107.77.xxx.xxx




COVID-19 rental assistant (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Jul 19, 2021 7:08 AM
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Al is right - evict for the illegal and disturbing behavior, not unpaid rent.

You should be able to get it done a lot faster.

After they are gone, add up all damages, including unpaid rent, and sue them for that. (But good luck getting paid) Try to get them served while you still know where they are (for damages), even if you don't have it all totaled up yet. You may be able to modify the amount later, and even if the court doesn't allow that you can at least get a judgement for as much as possible.

Of course, make sure you have all your notices, photos, etc through the whole process as proof. --68.229.xxx.xxx




COVID-19 rental assistant (by Smokowna [MD]) Posted on: Jul 20, 2021 7:30 AM
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To get the state to pay back rent you would need to have the tenant's cooperation. You do not have that.

--108.28.xx.xxx




COVID-19 rental assistant (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jul 21, 2021 9:36 PM
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Pa has an obscure law that says if you can prove drug Trafficing - there is a fast track for eviction. But I am not sure if that fast track would be stopped by the left wing thinkers out there.

The eviction halt order is based on non-payment and not getting busted for dope.

I am inclined to believe you are not selling your case well enough. Can you get a letter from your HOA asking that these trouble makers get removed. --72.23.xxx.xx




COVID-19 rental assistant (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Jul 22, 2021 1:20 PM
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If you give them covid rental assistance then you have to keep them. Not sure how that requirement squares w eviction for other lease violations. If they are working they don't need/qualify for assistance. Then obtain a money judgement from the court and have the sheriff garnish their wages. --172.58.xx.xxx




COVID-19 rental assistant (by Doris [MA]) Posted on: Jul 24, 2021 9:12 PM
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Thank you for everyone to help me with them and I am highly appreciate it. two updates:

1. I just checked with the government for my tenants application for rental assistance again and they told me that their application is reactivated and they are waiting for them to submit over due utilities bills and the lease. By the court order: they need to pay me the rent starting this month and they just paid me this month.

2. I filed with the housing court for the agreement enforcement. This time it doesn't take too long. I got the hearing notice for this August.

Question: Should I hire a lawyer for this hearing? If so, how much the lawyer can help me for this? The government site is offering discount legal assistance. By my past experience, it seems that the government try to help the tenants not landlord during this pandemic period. If I hire the lawyer from there, I am afraid they will not help me at all. Some advice for it? Thank you so much.

I am very new to this so excuse me for the late reply. (I just got this unit at the end of 2019 as my retirement place but turned out it doesn't suit my goal and end up to rent it out.) Thank you so much for your warm heart and reach out to me. --24.147.xx.xxx



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