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Homes in disrepair: Landlords should be held accountable

Many people live in HUD homes around the country. These homes, secured by Housing and Urban Development, should be as safe as any other apartments or properties. Sadly, there are some letdowns.

The buildings are often neglected, and they can be found in various states of decay. Some buildings are boarded up. Poor living conditions are just a side effect of the neglect of these properties.

In one story, a landlord was absent but had allowed his properties to decay into unsafe living conditions. These conditions exist across the nation, including in places like Chicago and St. Louis.

Why do properties fall into disrepair when they're HUD homes?

The primary issue is a lack of resources. While the properties are affordable, which makes them a necessity for people struggling to get by, they aren't necessarily maintained as well as they should be. Many people are scared to speak out because they could lose their homes if the buildings are condemned. This could lead to a worse situation for those tenants.

It's possible for tenants to win action from HUD, which is what happened one case in Hartford. As a result of the action, everyone in the apartment building did have to move. However, the agency decided to subsidize the 150 families who had to move so that they could find an apartment in the private market. For some of the larger families, that was still damaging since it's hard to find subsidized four- and five-bedroom homes. Still, it was a start that held the landlord accountable for his lack of action.

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