Moss Hill Reaches Deal with HUD, Rent Costs to Increase Quarterly Until March 2023
SALISBURY, Md- Residents at Moss Hill Apartments are breathing a sigh of relief, as the rental company reached a deal with HUD to pause rent hikes until April, with prices increasing per quarter until March 2023 to the market rate. Prior to the change, residents would have been responsible for paying up to a max of 1034 per month for a 3 bedroom starting February first.
“It just makes us all feel better and it’s a huge relief,” said resident Jaime Brumbley, adding “That’s all I was asking for, I wasn’t trying to say I didn’t want to pay it or couldn’t pay it I was just asking for time to budget better.”
According to the City of Salisbury, the change came after a series of meetings between HUD, owners at the property, and the city in December that put pressure on the property owners to find tenants a better path forward.
“Our best bet was to go to hud and say we need you to step in and speak with these folks and let them know this is not okay it is not the right thing to do raise the rent automatically and we need to see this happen over a period of time,” said Salisbury Director of Housing and Community Development Ron Strickler.
HUD reached back out to the City of Salisbury notifying them, a deal with moss hill had been reached in December according to Strickler, but residents weren’t made aware of that development until Thursday.
“They were being told something different which was very surprising, the information was not being provided to residents,” he said.
Another concern for the city, if important documentation required to rent in Salisbury was given out at the Moss Hill offices for those new leases. Strickler tells us if those documents were not given out per city guidelines for rented properties, that’s more leverage they have to hold Moss Hill accountable, on what would otherwise be a federal program run through a private company.
“It is the responsibility of the owner of that property to ensure that they are verifying incomes correctly, not HUD when it comes to issues of compliance,” Strickler said adding “We are exploring of lease addendums were distributed to residents and if they were able to take leases out of the office, and if it is determined they are not following our ordinances the city of Salisbury has the authority to do a number of things, it may not be a citation but the city does have the authority to revoke rental licenses.”
Jamie Brumbley tells us she trusts moss hill to follow their word now, but she says it should not have taken the city’s involvement.
“Without the city without people helping to communicate this would have never happened,” she said.
Strickler says he credits Moss Hill for amending the payments before any potential evictions took place.
“It was the right thing to do and I commend them on taking those steps I don’t know if how we got here was the right process,” Strickler said.