Displaced Families Question if Landlords are Committing Fraud
Families are still in hotels after black mold was found in their apartments.
But they are now raising the question of whether their landlord is accepting government subsidies for their apartments while they are displaced.
Five Gainesville families have been living in a hotel after black mold was found in their residences at Horizon House apartments.
A few weeks ago, Community Housing Partners offered them smaller rooms back at the complex while their current apartments were being fixed but all five of the families declined.
Some think this was a move to keep the Department of Housing and Urban Development subsidies coming in.
"If you've accepted any payments from HUD, rather it's on the tenants behalf or on HUD's behalf, that is fraud. And we will be investigating that further," said community advocate Vanessa Anthony.
HUD says that the standard policy is that payments would stop if tenants are not living on the property.
Property owners tell HUD they hope families can be back in their homes by mid-March.
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