Metro Atlanta tenants speak out about what they call missing out on rent assistance.
They say that rents issued by the state have not been paid, and it is a problem that has been going on for months.
Channel 2 investigative reporter Ashli Lincoln found that it doesn’t just happen to one tenant, it’s a problem that affects many families.
The state shows that the money is being paid, but landlords and tenants say they are not getting the money.
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Some tenants, such as Ife Madyun, are now facing eviction due to this situation. She was told to leave, but says that can’t happen.
“That’s definitely, positively, (is) not an option,” Madyun said. “I don’t have a job, I can’t apply for another apartment.”
She says she and other metro Atlanta tenants face eviction after state-issued housing assistance funds disappear.
“The lease office says that there are still about 30 to 40 people waiting for the checks. What should we do?” said Madyun.
She says she applied for help after she was fired.
Her complex, the Vesta Adams Park Apartments in East Point, would receive the money directly from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
The state’s online portal shows that the state has paid Madyun’s claim for the April and May rent, but a look at her apartment’s portal shows that the money has not been paid.
Other tenants are clapping on social media and sharing their frustrations. One tenant said five months had passed before the payments were received.
Madyun says her rental agency has been transparent and helpful in sorting this out.
WSB-TV discovered that the complex is owned by Middleburg Communities, based in Virginia. They sent us a statement saying in part:
“We’ve worked hard with the rental aid programs and with our residents to facilitate payments. Eviction is a last resort after all other options have been exhausted.”
We also sent an email to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Regional Director. They said they are investigating these allegations.
The company told Madyun that while the missed payment is not its fault, the law still requires them to formally request eviction.
The company said it plans to work with tenants to resolve the issue to prevent eviction.
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