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  • Writer's pictureScott Isacksen

Apartment Polices and Public Housing

Updated: Feb 21, 2020

I just saw this article relating problems from a public housing site near me:

Golden Gate Village is a government-owned complex in one of California’s wealthiest counties

Public housing, run by the local government, and subject to less stringent requirements than privately owned apartments and faces these problems:

"region’s history of discriminatory housing policies"

" years of delayed maintenance"

"“profound level of distrust” by some residents of officials’ intentions for redeveloping the bayside real estate"

This article, talking about the plans for the housing complex as it is redeveloped states:

"The Marin Housing Authority’s final proposal ... would also probably transfer ownership and management of Golden Gate Village to the project’s developer"

I share this article for 2 reasons.

Point 1

Local government (here and other cities) have a very anti-landlord sentiment, but the local housing authority can't take care of the property and created a profound level of distrust in residents.

The housing authority should be able to be an example of how the city wants housing to run, right?

Landlords charging 'market rate' are considered greedy. Should these funds for a building be above and beyond what is 'needed' to operate and provide a return for the risk and work of operation, surely the funds a public facility receives should be sufficient to maintain and operate it properly.

A facility like that is more likely to only have basic housing rather than amenities such as an elevator, call box, or CO detectors (not required in public housing) that a regular apartment would have.

Instead, this place has been mismanaged with hopes now to hand it over to a private group from the opposite end of the country (New Jersey).

In the Bay Area and largely California, poor policy towards land use, zoning, building, and simply more residents than the area can hold have all contributed to the problem the Bay Area faces. Demonizing property owners providing the housing is really not the solution.

Point 2

Deferred maintenance reaches the point a place has to be torn down and redeveloped. Yes, buildings can reach a point of no return. Don't let that happen to yours.

People talk about delayed maintenance or deferred maintenance when they see a place after neglect, but no one is handed a plan of what they should be doing to avoid that.

Now you can get that plan.

That is part of the Custom Owner's Manual produced by Tci Building Serivces.

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