Perryville po­lice con­cerned about non-se­niors liv­ing in se­nior apart­ments

Unau­tho­rized ten­ants caus­ing prob­lems

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - jbellmyer@ce­cil­ By JANE BELLMYER

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.


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