Rent Issues – European Forum – Family Mediation Thu, 20 Jan 2022 04:52:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rent Issues – European Forum – Family Mediation 32 32 “Luxury” apartment in Denver requiring a non-disparagement agreement Thu, 20 Jan 2022 03:19:00 +0000

DENVER — Renters have flocked to the Grand Apartments in downtown Denver amid several major issues and repairs that have made their stay anything but grand.

The property bills itself as upscale and luxurious, but instances of flooding and black mold in multiple units, health code violations, and tenant complaints about management and living conditions paint a very different picture. large apartments.

Following Denver7’s story about the property in December, city inspectors ordered the apartment complex to fix several issues after ruling that the property had failed to “maintain the building in a safe and sanitary condition.” , according to a complaint provided by the city’s Community and Development Department.

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Order to comply

When Denver7 showed up at the Grand with cameras rolling on Dec. 3, the property management team sent a message to all tenants advising them that they can terminate their lease without penalty due to the ongoing issues. .


Tenant of the Large Apartments

Tenants like Anthony Tori have taken advantage of this.

“I was like, ‘OK, this works because I’m moving into my new apartment before the holidays. I’ll be back from the break in my brand new apartment. New year, new place, more Grand'” Tori says.

According to Tori, management agreed on a move-out date and he would soon be gone for good.

But, there was a big catch.

“I think it was about a week after I got a call from [a Grand employee] saying that ‘You have to sign this document,'” Tori said.

It was a four-page lease termination document that included both a non-disparagement and non-disclosure clause, which did not allow Tori to say anything negative about the property, not even an online review or negative comment on social media.

When Tori pushed back via email, a staff member at the apartment informed him of the consequences of not signing it.

“Each day the document is not signed, you will be subject to an additional day of rent on a pro-rated, month-by-month basis, as we cannot get you out of the billing system without this form being signed or a break lease,” the email reads.

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Anthony Tori, former tenant of the Grands Appartements

Tori said he kept pushing management about it until they gave up and allowed him to leave without signing it, but many current and former tenants confirmed they weren’t spared. .

Sarah Culler, a spokeswoman for Grand Apartments, released a statement on the lease termination document on Wednesday that said, in part, “residents who elected to terminate earlier have signed a standard Resident Lease Termination Form. Language that refers to non-disclosure has since been removed.”

This clause was only removed after Denver7 reached out, but nothing about the non-disparagement clause was addressed in the statement. A request for additional clarification had not been addressed at the time of publication.

Long-term tenant or not, each resident will have to leave their unit around spring 2022 due to repairs, according to a message sent to all tenants on December 30.


Tenant of the Large Apartments

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Increase in rent rates up to $400; residents ask for help Fri, 14 Jan 2022 22:57:39 +0000

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Dozens of families are contacting the News4JAX I-TEAM following an investigation into rising rents in Jacksonville.

Local tenants are complaining that they are being squeezed financially as their apartment complexes raise their rent.

At the same time, they find it difficult to move around because the prices are high everywhere.

Many said rent prices are higher than they can afford with their current incomes.

According to the Florida Apartment Association, the average monthly rent in the Jacksonville area has increased from $1,125 in 2020 to $1,411 in 2022.

The average rent in the Jacksonville area has increased by more than $286 in just over two years. (Copyright 2021 by WJXT News4Jax – All rights reserved.)

The group also reported that there were fewer vacant apartments in Jacksonville than in the past and that limited supply was driving up prices.

Jacksonville teacher and new mother Vanessa Baffour-Singletary is facing a $400 rent increase on her family’s two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in Fort Caroline.

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They were paying $809 a month, but she showed a notice left on her door saying her rent would be increased to $1,232 a month. She said the managers then offered a discount of $1,150 per month.

“Absolutely not,” she said, telling News4JAX that she didn’t get what she paid for. “Especially for someone who’s been here 10 years and paid their rent on time.”

She pointed to issues in the unit, which she said the owners haven’t fixed — from mold to plumbing issues in the bathroom and kitchen.

“The toilet overflowed onto the carpet,” she said. “See that bulge in the carpet? This is where the toilet was leaking.

Not to mention a rodent problem, according to Baffour-Singletary. She said the rats ate through the couch.

The I-TEAM contacted management about their complaints and received the following response from Riley Davis, Regional Property Manager for Cushman and Wakefield, who manages the property:

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“We are aware of the resident’s concerns and have worked with him to resolve them. Over the past few months, we have worked to not only improve individual units, but have opened a free daycare and community center for our residents and their families. We have enrolled the community in the Jacksonville Police Department Watch Group to improve the safety of all of our residents. Community facilities have been repaired and improved. Our team also helped our residents navigate government COVID-19 relief options, raising over $400,000 in rental assistance for those in need. When we took over management of the community two years ago, the property was rated sub-3.0 on rental sites; thanks to our work, it is now rated at 4.0.

Although some tenants at the complex receive government assistance, Baffour-Singletary said her family pays for the unit out of pocket.

“We actually tried to research a lot of places, but I guess the rent is just going up everywhere in Jacksonville,” she said when asked about the move. “So we’ll pay maybe $1,200 for this place.”

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Nearly 100 families have told News4JAX similar stories of rent hikes beyond their budget. Some questioned the legality.

Hikes are legal, but some Florida lawmakers are trying to regulate them.

“We have many families living in hotels, living in their cars,” said State Sen. Victor Torres, who represents Central Florida.

He wants cities and counties to be able to control rents, and he introduces a bill that also says price increases must be phased in.

“And these are workers, the working class, it’s a shame that this is happening, and we have to do something about it,” he told I-TEAM.

Jacksonville City Council President Sam Newby said he wants the power to control rents, but the state needs to do something first before that happens.

“I really think they’re taking advantage of it,” he said, referring to the owners. “Due to the COVID situation and people moving north to Jacksonville.”

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“I understand that because of inflation you have to go up a bit, but $3 and $400 a month is just unacceptable,” he added.

Baffour-Singletary hopes the leaders will do something before her family’s rent goes up again.

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Affordable Housing in Cornwall: Lowest Social Rent in Five Years Sun, 09 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0000 New figures show that the number of social rental housing units under construction in Cornwall has fallen to its lowest level in five years.

Cornwall Council announced this week that it has delivered the second highest number of affordable housing units in the country in 2020/21 with 814 completed.

However, when those numbers are broken down, only ten of them were housing that would be available for social rent – described by the housing adviser as “the greatest need in Cornwall right now”.

In comparison, 469 have been classified as affordable rents – where they are made available at 80% of the current market rent rate.

Another 234 were shared properties, homes where people can apply for a mortgage for part of the property, then pay monthly rent for the rest and have the option of buying the property later.

There were also 47 units offered for middle rent and 54 were affordable units for ownership, sold at 80% of market value.

But while Cornwall was the second best local authority for the delivery of affordable housing in 2020/21, the total fell to its lowest level in five years – although this may have been an impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cornish Housing Council Cabinet Member Olly Monk was honest in her assessment of the latest figures.

He said: “Even though the numbers show that we are one of the best performing authorities in the country, I am disappointed with them – 814 barely touches what we are trying to achieve.

“I won’t be happy until I’m at least two thousand. It illustrates how far we are behind where we need to be and how far we need to go to get to where we need to go.

“Overall there needs to be a lot more social rents, what I call social housing, it’s something that we’re looking at very carefully and looking to increase. Social housing is the greatest need in Cornwall right now.

One of the main issues is with the term affordable housing, which is used as a catch-all for a number of very different forms of housing.

The Affordable Housing Commission released a report in 2020 that called for a new definition of affordable housing, based on income and personal circumstances instead of using a percentage of market rates.

He said that many products called affordable housing “are clearly unaffordable for people with middle to lower incomes.”

Cllr Monk agrees that the term affordable housing is problematic: “Social housing is included as well as some open market housing that is reduced to allow key workers to move up the housing ladder.

“For some people, affordable means a house they can afford to buy with a mortgage, for others it is a house they can afford to rent. I wonder if it might not be better to disentangle the term affordable so that we are clear on what is provided.

“You’ll see people commenting every time there are stories about it, saying ‘Affordable for whom? What does that mean?’ I understand that, and it would be better to call it house of council or whatever to make it clearer. ”

For Dick Cole, head of Mebyon Kernow, more needs to be done to increase the amount of truly affordable housing provided in Cornwall.

“What Cornwall needs is more social housing because the affordable rent model of 80% of market rent is not affordable for many families in Cornwall.

“More government investment and changes in planning policy are needed to generate affordable and locally responsive housing in Cornwall.

“It was a big frustration for me – how the shift from social to affordable rent was made. I know people who aren’t even asking for affordable rental housing now because they know they can’t afford it.

Jayne Kirkham, leader of the Labor group at County Hall, said she appreciated that Cllr Monk was working hard to try to get more social housing in Cornwall, but said the latest figures showed a lot needs to be done more.

“It’s not really great, we have to do better than that. Affordable housing should be linked to local wages and income. We have been talking about it for a long, long time and the last administration had an idea for a living rent but which died of a death.

Cllr Kirkham said she was concerned that all of the council’s plans to meet the need for affordable housing would require more investment and funding.

“It’s hard to see where the funding will come from. They obviously work hard, but if they get the funding to do some of the things that they have proposed… it will require funding from the central government.

“I hope this will work because we desperately need to do it.”

However, Cllr Monk said it was not about money to get more affordable housing: “It’s not resources, it’s capacity. There is no shortage of money in terms of housing construction, it is the ability to deliver.

“There has been a lack of confidence in home builders who want to build in Cornwall because they are not sure what reception they will get. We want to work with them to try to provide as much affordable housing for the locals as possible. ”

However, Cllr Monk made it clear that there are no quick fixes to the current problems and that it will take time for the supply of affordable housing to increase.

He said the main short-term goal was to provide temporary and emergency accommodation to those at risk of homelessness.

However, he also highlighted a decision to provide additional funding of £ 15million and the council’s work in purchasing properties for rent from locals.

And he said with council development firm Treveth about to start work on new housing projects and plans for Langarth Garden Village, there were opportunities on the horizon for new homes.

“It is going in the right direction but it is still very difficult,” he said.

Andrew Mitchell was the former member of the Housing Cabinet in the last administration and said he was well aware that more needed to be done in Cornwall.

“All hardworking families in Cornwall know that affordable prices in Cornwall are not affordable. If you are spending more than 30% of your income on rent, you are in dire straits.

“That’s the biggest problem here – if you combine that with gas and electricity bills that could double shortly, the council tax goes up… it just gets more difficult.”

Councilor Mitchell said he believes it is important that all councilors from all parties work together to try to improve the affordable housing situation in Cornwall.

“Let’s work together for the people of Cornwall, we’re going to have different perspectives and it’s healthy, but on this we have to work in the best interests of the people of Cornwall and make a real change. ”

But he said he felt the council should look at large-scale projects to provide housing for local people rather than announcing small projects with ten to 20 houses.

“We really need to improve the game here – rather than delivering 18 houses, let’s deliver 180 and really increase the scale of delivery.”

However, Cllr Mitchell said he hopes the new administration will keep its promise to make housing a priority.

Cllr Monk said he intends to do this: “I want to make sure that whoever follows me on this job in four years will not just have a few accommodations drip-fed, but will have major projects offering good quality affordable housing. for local populations. I am determined to make it happen.

Having taken office in May, Cllr Monk admitted it was a ‘baptism by fire’ but said he had worked hard to understand the intricacies of the Cornwall housing situation by speaking to people across the spectrum, from those who are homeless to those who want to buy their own homes.

He said: “I am really determined and I want to make sure that we are honest with people about what is going on. The new affordable housing numbers are disappointing and we need to do better. When I can see locals moving into housing, I can say that we are doing something right.

“But for now, I’m trying to right the ship and make sure we deliver what the people of Cornwall want and need. I think it is going in the right direction. ”

Construction on the rise again: UCD publishes a 2022 “State of University City” report Fri, 07 Jan 2022 18:42:07 +0000

The University City District released its “State University City,” the annual report that details increases in house prices, population shifts, and the successes of research, retail and office space in the area. roughly bounded by the Schuylkill River on the east, 50th Street on the west, Market Street / Powelton Avenue / Spring Garden Street on the north, and Woodland Avenue / University Avenue on the south.

The report includes data from 2020 (and some employment data from 2021) and shows a substantial increase in the area of ​​new construction and renovations in 2020 after a steady decline in construction since 2016.

This increase in overall construction is attributed to college and residential buildings on the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University campuses, offices near universities – particularly along Market Street – and several residential buildings on the along Chestnut Street, between 40th and 45th streets.

The number of large residential projects in the district is helping fuel what analysts say could be a record year for rental unit construction in Philadelphia this year.

The Spruce Hill neighborhood continued to be the most expensive in the region with an average home value of $ 625,000, according to the report, nearly triple the median price for the city as a whole.

Median home prices across the district climbed $ 7,800 between 2019 and 2020 to reach $ 432,800.

The median rent in the district is around $ 2.10 per square foot.

Jobs from some of College City’s biggest employers – universities, Philadelphia Children’s Hospital, etc. – exploded in 2021. Offers of nurses far exceeded other vacancies among the largest employers. “Educational Services” and “Health Care and Social Assistance” accounted for nearly 8 out of 10 jobs in the District.

The report does not include demographic information related to race or ethnicity.

El Paso sees rents increase by more than double a typical year Mon, 03 Jan 2022 19:16:04 +0000

EL PASO, Texas – Rent prices are up in El Paso, but they’re not just rising in Borderland. According to Scott Lynch, executive director of the El Paso Apartment Association, he estimates that there has been an 11% increase in rents in the United States. In a typical year with rent increases, rental prices would only increase by a margin of 3-5%.

The national average rent for 2021 was around $ 1,546 per month for an apartment. In El Paso, the average rent is around $ 923 per month, Lynch told ABC-7.

Lynch broke rent increases in El Paso down into three main factors. The first factor is the increase in operating costs. An increase in property taxes, insurance premiums and maintenance costs are aspects of rent increases. Another is based on the housing market across the region. Finally, the pandemic is responsible for the increases. Construction of new apartments has been delayed due to costs and supply chain issues, in addition to young people returning to their homes during the pandemic.

In the state of Texas, there is no cap to limit rent increases. The only way to put a cap in place would be a state disaster declaration. “If there has been a state-declared disaster and the governor consents to it, then rent control measures can be put in place, but this is not the case at this time and even at its peak. pandemic, it was not, ”said Lynch. .

Ultimately, Lynch offered these tips to renters who want to live in apartments:

  • Avoid monthly leases and opt for a 12-month lease instead.
  • Contact property management to be proactive when asking if there will be a rent increase with the new lease.
  • Affordable housing is one option. Federally subsidized housing that takes into account the amount of money you earn might be a good option for you.

Lynch also stressed the importance of the vote. “I don’t think a lot of people who rent realize that these issues with property taxes, or franchise taxes and all these other fees that are imposed on multi-family and commercial properties, are passed on to the tenant. , it is therefore important for them to get involved and express their opinion through the voting process.

]]> What’s Happening in Boston Politics in 2022 Sun, 02 Jan 2022 00:00:12 +0000

They say politics in Boston is a contact sport – and now the 2022 regular season is about to begin.

New mayor Michelle Wu is a seasoned player, but she’ll have to prove she can handle the blows that inevitably come their way as the Hub’s CEO.

Here are a few other Boston-specific political angles to watch out for that are largely – but not entirely – Wu-centric:

Wu’s movements

Boston elected a mayor who pledged progressive, broad-based action on a range of issues, from climate to transportation to housing.

Now the rubber is hitting Boston’s increasingly bus lane road, and we’ll see what Wu can do – and if it works.

Wu, who took office on November 16 due to the fact that there was a vacant mayor post, said she counted her first 100 days as starting next Monday, when the new mayor would normally take office. . This is arbitrary on his part, but so is the first 100 days paradigm in general; However, the tally is working, Wu has already taken steps to consider some form of rent control, major planning and zoning changes, and free transit routes, among other measures.

A subpoint to this is how she and the city council interact. The political center of the council will likely continue to drift to the left with the new generation of councilors. The votes of political newcomers can be difficult to predict, but in general this seems to be a rather left-wing group. The means that Wu could potentially have a better relationship with the board than some of his predecessors, which would be conducive to the execution of more of his agenda.

Councilor Ed Flynn, the expected next chairman of the board, is a relatively moderate, speaking out in favor, for example, of increasing the Boston Police Department’s budget and hiring more cops. But Flynn and Wu have enjoyed a good relationship for years and have often teamed up on issues, especially those involving Chinatown, which is in Flynn District.

City budget

The city is emerging from back-to-back busy budget cycles – two consecutive years in which passing a budget on time was at one point or another in doubt as council pushed back administration.

It will be the third different mayor in as many years at the helm as the city prepares its budget, which must be adopted before June 30 to enter into force on time. If, as mentioned above, the council becomes more and more favorable to Wu, this time it could avoid some of the clashes Wu’s predecessors had, as agitated councils sued Walsh for police funding and Janey for federal relief dollars, among other issues.

But this year brings a new twist: increased budgetary power for the council. Last November, the city’s voters passed a referendum that will allow council to play a more concretely active role in the process, with the ability to vote to change the budget proposed by the mayor. Right now the board can only vote for or against big chunks at a time.

The maiden voyage of this approach this spring will be in the news.

Boston Police

One of Wu’s first tasks is to set up his promised national search for a police commissioner. The position is now vacant and Chief Superintendent Greg Long, the deputy in command of the department, continues to fill.

Her final selection will have broad implications for the ministry, to which she has said she wants to continue making changes aimed at increasing transparency and accountability.

Sticking to the subject of the police, Wu has previously advocated for major cuts to the police department, but his positions on funding the police became vague during the mayoral race. It will have to specify its intentions in this regard in the city’s first budget proposal, which will be released in the spring.

Wu is entering the New Year amid a back and forth with some first responder unions over the city’s vaccination mandate, and that’s a sign of things to come. Wu has been open about his intention to seek to negotiate disciplinary changes and other reformist elements in contracts, changes that usually don’t go so well in cop union rooms. Keep an eye out for how much she ends up focusing on that and how much both parties decide to fight.

district attorney

The Suffolk County District Attorney’s position is a bit on hold to start the New Year. Current incumbent Rachael Rollins was confirmed as U.S. prosecutor for Massachusetts almost a month ago, but is yet to leave – a move that could come any day now . Rollins’ sometimes controversial tenure as the state’s highest federal attorney will be his own report to watch over the next few years, but his departure from the coveted DA County post will see incumbent Gov. Charlie Baker nominate someone for. fill the last year of his mandate.

Rumors have circulated about who Baker might choose, and his administration has interviewed a handful of people who could take the reins for this latter part of the term. But that will almost certainly open up a real contest for the next four-year term as head of the DA office, a contest likely to be decided by a Democratic primary in September, followed by a likely less competitive general election in November.

Even in the midst of a statewide open governor race – and, if Attorney General Maura Healey runs for government, an AG race – it will be a big contest.

Tanzania: land rent defaulters will be penalized Fri, 31 Dec 2021 06:45:05 +0000

The MINISTRY of Land, Housing and Human Settlements Development has collected more than $ 60 billion in land rents, calling on landowners who have not yet paid the rent to write off their debts by today in order to to avoid paying extra charge as a penalty.

According to Land Commissioner Mathew Nhonge, rent for land is paid once in a respective fiscal year that begins July 1 through June 30 of the following year. “Every legal landowner is required to pay rent, the law has granted a six-month grace period in the respective year from July 1 to December 31 to clear payment before paying with 1% interest,” said he declared.

He noted that from January 1, land rent defaulters will start paying rent with 1% interest for each additional month. Mr Nhonge said the ministry has put in place a good system for citizens, institutions and businesses to make payments through cellphones and those with accumulated debts to pay in installments.

When rent is not paid, we normally notify defaulters through notice, and after 14 days we begin to take legal action to collect government tax by bringing defaulters to land and housing boards. and the court. He noted that the ministry has also set up a customer communication center with the aim of serving citizens on matters related to rent, filing, receiving complaints and their advice.

Commenting on land surveying and planning, Nhonge said that to date about 25% of the land has been surveyed and planned, adding that in order to achieve the goal of surveying all of the land, the government hired 163 private companies to speed up the process. .

The head of the rental unit of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development, Denis Masami, said that to date more than 60 billion / – has been collected on the goal of raising 221 billion / – during the 2021/2022 financial year. He said the people who own land, by law, are 1.7 million and those who have paid so far are around 50 percent.

“We have developed several strategies to ensure payment is made on time … for example in the Dodoma region the number of landowners paying rent has increased from 250 to 890 per week and collections have also increased. between 60m / – and 70m / – to 200m / – per week, “he said.

Masami further noted that after December 31, the ministry will conduct an assessment to identify land rent defaulters for further legal action.

Montgomery County to Announce Millions of Additional Rent Relief Funding Soon Wed, 29 Dec 2021 14:45:59 +0000

The end of 2021 also means the end of the current application period for Montgomery County’s latest round of COVID-19 rental assistance.

But county officials said on Tuesday that another round of relief – with tens of millions of additional dollars – would be offered in early 2022.

According to the county health and social services department Most recent pulse report, the county has spent or budgeted much of its current state and federal rent assistance funding cycle. Including:

  • $ 24.2 million out of $ 31.4 million directly from the Emergency Rent Assistance Program
  • $ 25.5 million of $ 28.1 million in relief funds channeled through Maryland

The county has distributed several rounds of rental aid since the start of the pandemic.

First, County Council Vice-Chairman Evan Glass funded $ 2 million in rent assistance from the county budget, which was approved in April 2020.

Since then, the federal government and state officials have provided more than $ 100 million in aid, through the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA ).

Congress passed both bills to help address the economic challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Amanda Harris, chief of services to end and prevent homelessness in the county’s Department of Health and Human Services, said in an interview on Tuesday that it “is highly unlikely” that there will be any money left. of existing funds due to demand.

If there were, she said, it would be transferred to the next county funding round, which will be announced in early 2022. It did not have a specific date.

Montgomery County expects to raise $ 34 million through a second round of emergency rent assistance program funding, directly from the federal government, Harris said.

But the state has not announced how much money it will receive from the federal government and how it will distribute that money among the different jurisdictions, she added.

Harris expects the county to receive roughly the same amount of federal and state money as the current funding round, but details of the program are not finalized, Harris said. County officials will attempt to authorize the use of the money for utility assistance for the next cycle, she said.

Matt Losak, executive director of the Montgomery County Renters Alliance, said in an interview that the organization is grateful for the relief provided to thousands of households.

But many of those working in the service industry have not fully recovered from the pandemic and owe thousands of dollars due to job loss or reduced hours, and may need help. extra, he said.

” We’re waiting impatiently [the county’s Department of Health and Human Services] to give details on what the new eligibility program will be and how tenants can access it… and we hope HHS will work quickly to publicize and provide access to this relief, ”Losak said of the upcoming funding round .

County Council Chairman Gabe Albornoz said in an interview that the county needs to look at homelessness and similar issues with holistic solutions.

Albornoz said this involves making sure government, nonprofits and other partners share information and data to best help families at risk of homelessness. The county needs the right staff and tools to help, he added.

Economic development and vocational training for “people of all educational and educational levels” are also important, he said.

Glass said in an interview that even before the pandemic, the county’s rental relief fund was “at maximum” and many people were unable to receive assistance. The council needs to consider how much more money for rent assistance or similar needs should be provided for in the next budget, he said.

What awaits us

Harris predicts tougher times for many families.

“I never thought there would be a tsunami of evictions,” she said. “I think it’s just going to be continuous [and] very, very heavy rain.

Eviction warrants, filed by the sheriff’s office, will stay pretty much the same, but that doesn’t account for families who voluntarily leave the house they rent and aren’t recorded as formal evictions, Harris said . It is difficult to keep track of this data, she added.

According to the latest Pulse report, these writs were dropped during the summer months, but increased from October to December. From August 20 to October 15, there were never more than 19 writs per week.

Then, for most of the weeks up to mid-December, there were over 20 writs, with a maximum of 43 writs in the week of December 3. County officials said on average, less than 8% of writs ended in deportation.

Harris said the guaranteed income pilot program announced and voted on by the Departmental Council is another way of helping residents. The county also has an eviction prevention and housing stabilization service, she said.

Losak said state law should be changed to allow local jurisdictions like Montgomery County to implement a “just cause” provision for county landlords who wish to evict tenants. This would essentially give tenants more rights and force landlords to justify an eviction, he said.

Harris urged those who cannot apply Friday for the current rental relief deadline to call 311 and ask for the Eviction Prevention Team.

But she said more housing was needed than minimum wage folks could afford, Harris said.

“Unless there’s a big investment and a long-term investment from the federal government, I don’t know how we’re going to come out of this,” Harris said. “There has to be more construction of affordable housing, there has to be more investment in housing bonds, and without that I think it will continue. “

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Master List of All Dallas Restaurants and Bars Closed in 2021 Mon, 27 Dec 2021 19:59:20 +0000

After being devastated by the pandemic, the restaurant industry remains in a state of turmoil, a contradictory mix of optimistic openings and persistent closings.

Most of the closures on this list are still linked to the pandemic. It’s a tragedy that some of these Dallas restaurants managed to hold on to the horror of 2020, but couldn’t pick up the pieces.

Here is a list of restaurants that closed in Dallas in 2021:

Anju. Uptown’s Asian restaurant and bar closed, but that was to make way for a Mexican food concept called Tequila Delicious, serving street tacos, Mexican food, and margaritas.

Anvil Pub. An authentic, relaxed bar in Deep Ellum closed on October 31 after more than a decade mainly due to the pandemic, leading to unpaid rent and landlord issues.

Deadly Brewery. Pioneer Deep Ellum Brewery closed on November 28 after nearly seven years, mostly due to the pandemic, leading to unpaid rent and landlord issues.

Burger Burger. The Mexican version of a Jeff Sinelli burger restaurant closed its two remaining locations in downtown Dallas and Oak Cliff in 2021; Sinelli’s most recent concept is Birdguesa, which makes chicken fillets.

Cantina Laredo. Preston and Royal’s Mexican restaurant initially closed after being hit by the October 2019 tornado. They were renovated, then reopened in January 2020, but closed a year later.

Carlo’s bakery. TLC’s Buddy Valastro Celebrity Bakery Cake Pattern fame closed its location at Preston Center; a spokesperson said he was not doing well. A Frisco location closed in 2019.

Cosmic cafe. Dallas’ longtime vegetarian restaurant closed in October after serving unpretentious vegetarian cuisine at 2912 Oak Lawn Ave. for over 25 years.

Cultivar Coffee Roasting Co.. Roaster closed its Oak Cliff site at the end of February, due to the pandemic and rental issues; five years ago.

Del Frisco Grid. The location formerly at 3232 McKinney Ave. in Uptown Dallas closed quite unexpectedly, to be replaced by Mi Cocina, who left the West Village after nearly 20 years. The problem wasn’t Del Frisco’s Grille, which still has locations in Southlake, Plano, and Fort Worth.

Eureka. This Californian concept offering great food and craft beer’s Dallas location did not survive the pandemic and closed after nearly seven years. A Texas location remains on 6th Street in Austin.

The ginger man. The craft beer chain has shrunk significantly, with closures in Dallas and Houston, including Uptown Dallas. At one point, this chain had branches in Austin, Boston and New York, but now only has one in Las Colinas.

Godiva. The luxury chocolatier has closed its 128 physical outlets, due to the pandemic and the abandonment of retail. This included three in the DFW area, all located in shopping malls, all closed in March, including the North Park Center in Dallas, Stonebriar in Frisco, and Hulen Mall in Fort Worth.

Go Fish Poke. Poke concept closed its Plano store at 8245 Preston Rd. It had been open since 2018. The original location of the Preston Center in Dallas at 6030 Luther Ln., Which owner Tony Lin opened in 2017, is still open.

Healthy hippie cafe. Watauga’s sweet vegetarian cafe, which had been serving vegetarian and vegan options for almost five years, closed on August 23. Owners Kelli and Darrell Myatt have said they are closing due to the effects of the pandemic.

Hub street. Food Truck and outdoor park in the old town center of Plano, closed on August 25, with an ad on Facebook, after four years. The space at 1212 14th St. already has a new tenant: a new location for Twisted Root Burger Co.

Hurdy-gurdy. The restaurant at the Dallas Farmers Market anchor closed in early 2021, due to COVID-19 and a lack of activity. A new restaurant will open in the space of 900 S. Harwood St.: The Reserve, from the founders of the Taqueria Taxco chain.

Upscale Jasper. The old Abacus turned Jasper closed quietly in the middle of the summer. The website says they are closed for a renovation and are excited about the “next chapter.”

Jonathon’s Oak Cliff. The breakfast establishment closed on August 29 after suffering a rent increase. They were in this space of 1111 N. Beckley Ave. since 2011, but move to the former Kel’s Restaurant space. Jonathon’s Diner, a spin-off at 1619 N. Beckley Ave., is still open.

Kozy kitchen. The gluten-free restaurant made an unfortunate move from McKinney Avenue to Lakewood, then returned to Uptown to the former Casa Komali space on Cole Ave. before stopping it in April 2021.

Lada. A quick and casual restaurant specializing in enchiladas closed on October 10, just under a year after it opened, although the owners have a lifeline.

Lakewood Smokehouse. The beer and barbecue spot closed after five years on July 22, brought down by the pandemic.

by Luby. The besieged Texas cafeteria chain went through a liquidation that included the cessation of most restaurant operations. The company has regularly closed sites statewide, including three DFW sites: Duncanville, Dallas at 6221 East Mockingbird Ln., And Fort Worth at 1200 Bridgewood Dr.

Tortillas and Hacienda de Luna. The old-fashioned Mexican restaurant closed in October 2021 to focus on their tortilla and tamale business.

Mac’s Bar-B-Que. The former family-owned barbecue restaurant on the edge of Deep Ellum closed in July after 66 years, so owner Billy McDonald could retire; the space had been for sale for several years.

Malibu Poké. Restaurateur Jon Alexis (TJ’s Seafood) seafood concept closed its location in the McKinney & Olive building at 2355 Olive St. in June. The original on Oak Lawn is still open.

Matcha from Mecca. The matcha-themed dessert store closed its store in Plano on February 14; due to COVID-19 and other reasons, the landlords decided not to renew the lease. The location at Asia Times Square in Grand Prairie is still open.

Metropolitan Cafe. Low-key restaurant in downtown Dallas in the old Masonic Lodge / Western Union building closed on Thanksgiving Eve, after 20 years. Owner Mike Vouras said it was time to move on.

Mot Hai Ba Victory Park. The downtown location of this Asian restaurant by chef Peja Krstic has led a turbulent existence, first opening at the height of the pandemic in June 2020 after a year of delay, then closing just over a year longer. late.

Oak. One of the first restaurants to open in Dallas’ Design District closed in July. Owner Richard Ellman (El Bolero, Hawthorn) reopened it as Wits, a new steakhouse, in December.

Public school 972. This California concept’s Addison location with a cute school theme closed very quietly in November, to be replaced by TK’s, a new comedy club and restaurant that opens on New Years Eve. The 214 Public School Dallas is still open.

Ragin ‘crab. The Greenville Avenue Seafood and Crab House closed on July 1 due to a lease issue; they had been there since January 2016, taking over the rather sketchy old Kush space. The location was taken over by Meyboom, an upcoming new brewery.

Royal Blue Grocery. The Dallas grocery chain rebranded itself as Berkley’s Market and simultaneously closed its original location in Highland Park Village – a favorite spot for Park Cities hangouts and people watching – on June 27, set aside to make way for Sadelle’s.

Ruby’s Snowballs. The New Orleans-style shaved ice stand in old Dallas is closed. According to a Facebook post, they unexpectedly lost their space on Haskell Avenue, then tried to get a new location, but encountered zoning issues with the city that they couldn’t resolve.

Rush Pastry. Bakery with croissants, pies, cakes and pastries has closed its shop near the Bishop Arts district after 12 years. The closure was caused by a freak accident in early May that decimated the store.

Skinny Fat. The Las Vegas restaurant concept with healthy, decadent side-by-side menu options closed its location in the West Village after nearly three years. A spokesperson confirmed the restaurant was closed permanently, citing a decline in activity following the pandemic.

Snowbaby. The unique Shaved Snow concept in Lakewood closed on Nov. 21, after four years; owner Chrissy Kuo pursues other adventures.

Sweet Daze Dessert Bar. The Richardson store, known for its visually stunning desserts, closed its storefront on September 19. The lease was ending and founding owner Holly Nguyen decided not to renew it.

Taco dinner. After nearly 20 years in the West Village, the upscale taqueria closed on September 1. The once successful chain has also closed sites in Las Colinas and Sundance Square in Fort Worth, with only the Lake Highlands site still open.

Trinity Hall. The Irish pub Mockingbird Station closed in August. Landlord Marius Donnelly said after 20 years he decided not to renew his lease.

20 foot seafood joint. Chef Marc Cassel’s East Dallas seafood restaurant closed at the start of the pandemic, then confirmed the closure was permanent in March at the end of its lease.

TNT Tacos and Tequila. The upscale southwestern restaurant of the Quadrangle has closed after seven years, due to the fact that their location will soon be razed.

Val’s cheesecakes. A small dessert chain closed its Shack location on Maple Avenue on November 21, as well as its location in the AT&T Discovery District in downtown Dallas. The Greenville Avenue location is still open.

that of Victor Hugo. The new American bistro closed on May 30, after nearly seven years. Husband-and-wife owners Victor Hugo and Brianna Ruelas blamed the pandemic; the space has since been taken over by Beckley 1115, a wine bar that opened in October.

Savage about Harry. The Custard booth closed on July 4th. The store had moved from its original Knox Street address to a temporary location at 4527 Travis St. in 2018, but was unable to do so permanently.

Zoe kitchen. The Mediterranean chain based in Plano was acquired by the Cava group and has become a pouf; its locations in Frisco, Flower Mound, Lakewood, and Fort Worth now function as Cava locations.