Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority - CMHA — Be aware of this company!
I am a landlord who has rented to a past tenant, and a current tenant who received a rent subsidy from the Cincinnati Metro Housing Authority, currently known as CMHA. I had a past tenant who was receiving a rent subsidy from this government sponsored agency who moved out in the first week in April with out any notification, which in itself violated her lease agreement, and I have a current tenant who moved into on of my apartments on April 14, of 2007. Prior to her moving into the apartment, the apartment was inspected by a CMHA inspector who after his inspection, forced me to make some cosmetic repairs to the apartment, and the building. I had already received a deposit to hold the apartment for the current recipient of the CMHA assistance. The potential tenant had to sell some of her belongings in order to prepare for the move into my apartment building. Keep in mind the tenant and myself have been keeping current notification with CMHA and we're both thinking everything was going along with the system CMHA has set for it's recipients and the landlords of the property. I was asking $550 for the rent of a two bedroom apartment. Now here's where the fangs of this organization are shown. After the inspection, and after the repairs are made to the apartment, and the tenant is making preparation to move in on April 14,2007, I get a letter from CMHA informing me that they would not pay the asking price I stated for the apartment, but wanted me to drop my rent to $509 a month. Now I received this letter around April 10. The tenant only had 90 days to find an apartment, or she would've been disqualified from receiving any assistance from CMHA, or she would've had only about 4 weeks remaining to find another apartment. Needless to say I felt some compassion for this person since it was a female who was around 20 yrs. of age, and a single mother. So against my better judgement, I decided to concede and lower my rent due to the fact that this person didn't have enough time to find something else. This was the first episode I had dealing with the Mafia tactics performed by CMHA. On April 14,2007 the tenant moved in after giving me a deposit. All necessary documents had been signed, and now I was waiting for CMHA to send me my first check for their portion of the rent for the tenant. According to the contract I signed with CMHA, I was to receive a payment of $283 for the monthly rent from April 14 to the end of the month of April, and an amount of $500 for the month of May, and the month of June. The amount of $1,283 was due on June 1, 2007. On June 1 I received a check for the amount of $593. I can't tell you how appalled I am that I, and the tenant, would be victimized by this organization of infamy. I am seeking an avenue to not only expose this Mafia organization, but a way to make them give me the amount of money indicated by the contract that I and the tenant signed with CMHA. I want to expose this organization to the city of Cincinnati, and the world. I want to inform the government how their contribution to the city is being used, and how the citizens who genuinely need this help are to expect to be treated. It is my goal to make people aware of the heartless treatment displayed by CMHA.