Perryville police concerned about non-seniors living in senior apartments
Unauthorized tenants causing problems
PERRYVILLE — Residents of some of the 92 units in the Fairgreen Senior Apartments are breaching their lease, according to Perryville Police Chief Allen Miller.
“Some residents are letting their family live with them,” Miller said.
Fairgreen is exclusively for those 55 and older. While residents are allowed to have visitors, extended visits are not permitted.
“If they are not on the lease, they shouldn’t be living with them,” he said, adding many of these extra tenants are causing problems.
“One guy had a shotgun and a rifle in the room,” Miller said. “It was his mother’s place.”
Miller said his officers are at the complex off Aiken Avenue several times each month in response to complaints.
“Last time we were there, a guy was threatening suicide. As it turns out he wasn’t supposed to be there,” the chief said.
Ashley Story, manager of Fairgreen, said she was not aware of the tenant issue.
In July 2009, Perryville enacted a landlord-tenant ordinance, which required each rental housing unit to be registered and also spelled out which behaviors – if ignored by the landlord – could result in the landlord having his or her license to offer rental housing revoked. The overall goal was to eliminate nuisance tenants and apathetic landlords.
Commissioner Michelle Linkey suggested that perhaps someone from Fairgreen should be on the board that mediates landlord-tenant issues. The board, made up of landlords and tenants, was formed as part of the ordinance.
Miller said the complaints come from true residents of the complex. He said the presence of these illegal tenants robs the real residents of their sense of security.
In Rising Sun, there is a similar facility with 75 apartments. Police Chief Francis “Chip” Peterson said he has no such issues with tenants at the McNamee Drive complex.
“The management at Fairview, if someone comes up with someone staying there that’s not supposed to, they deal with it,” Peterson said. “The only complaint we get is night time with people being in the parking lot.”
Miller said Thursday that he and Mayor Jim Eberhardt hope to have a meeting soon with the Fairgreen community.