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Commentary :: Social Welfare
The Malice Palace
03 Sep 2007
Modified: 10:15:30 PM
Eviction Proceedings for Tenant Who Corrects Deceptive Recertification Documents
Rockland Place Apts. and/or Spring Gate landlords/agents demand I not correct their fraudulent documents before signing them. This way, owners may be able to get more low-income housing tax credits from the IRS. While 'new' owners receive millions in government grants, some tenants at this subsidized housing complex are threatened with eviction and loss of subsidies. Subsidized rents on this property have previously been miscalculated, unfavorably for tenant.

Mid-March 2007, I was told to sign a misdated and false document regarding how much I paid for rent 2-months out of the year. When I corrected dates to coincide with rent figures, management refused to accept the signed documents and told me they would remove my subsidy if I didn't sign them as is. All the while, I never received documentation from HUD or MassHousing removing my subsidy; so continued paying the appropriate rent.

Eviction proceedings were then filed in August 2007, by substandard, subsidized property attorney, Stephen M. Scolnick, with false accusations of any rent owed. Corporate partners are attempting to extort money by harassing and intimidating tenant(s).

HUD refuses to get involved and keeps passing letters and calls to MassHousing. Under the Freedom of Information Act, see HUD REAC scores for this property, and Hotline Case # HL-06-0620.

MassHousing continues granting these corporations and partnerships rent increases while they violate tenants' rights, and are in non-compliance with laws and regulations of the state and federal subsidy programs. With the substandard housing conditions forced upon vulnerable tenants, these partnerships certainly don't deserve Low-Income Housing Tax Credits by the IRS.

Some of the landlords' affiliated companies have previously been charged with fraud, diverting funds, etc. amounting to millions of dollars in financial crimes against our government... So why does HUD continue to do business with these unethical people and corporations? And, why all the corporate name games? For more information, read the article 'Diversions Unlimited'. Mr. Joe Armstrong, who is associated with the landlord, responded to the well-researched article with contempt for the author/tenant, and violated her personal information. Mr. Armstrong even suggested a tenant, who is legally disabled with a limited income, was in subsidized housing too long.

This information was obtained through research and personal experience. Some tenants are experiencing unreimbursed personal property damage by negligent workers during 'renovations'. Owners/Mgmt. have not answered some requests for Reasonable Accommodation which is in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

Neil H. Ellis is just one of the 'new' corporate partners of Rockland Place Apts. He also owns a construction company that is hired to do some of the shoddy construction work here.
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