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Homeowner sues housing authority to recoup alleged lost rent

Landlord forced to house homeless woman after she lost rent subsidies, according to complaint
June 02, 2014 04:30PM

A Brooklyn home owner has filed suit against the city’s housing authority, claiming the agency forced her to rent an apartment to a homeless woman after the tenant lost her subsidies.

Patrice James, who filed the suit in Brooklyn Supreme Court, also claims the tenant trashed the apartment and left it a wreck.

“The tenant got a free apartment and NYCHA got free housing for the tenant — but I’m out the money,” James told the New York Post.

James told the paper she rented the upstairs apartment in her East Flatbush house to a homeless woman named Amy Chambliss in 2003, signing a two-year Section 8 lease for $1,134 per month, according to the suit. Then when Chambliss lost her Section 8 status a year later, James tried to give her the boot, but NYCHA persuaded a Brooklyn judge to forego the eviction.

According to the suit, neither NYCHA nor Chambliss paid James any rent during the final year of the lease or the subsequent six months.

The suit is seeking just over $48,000 in back rent, renovation costs and legal fees, the Post reported. A NYCHA spokesperson declined to comment to the paper. [NYP]Julie Strickland