Pet deposits not required at subsidized senior housing in Glenwood Springs
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Manor Glenwood and Manor Two government subsidized apartment complexes for seniors are not required to enforce a $300 pet deposit or weight restrictions on pets, contrary to a statement from the company that manages them.
In response to questions after rules were posted about new $300 pet deposits per apartment and a 25-pound weight limit on pets, a spokeswoman for the Monroe Group, which manages the property, said last week the company wasn’t trying to come down on seniors but a $300 pet deposit and a 25-pound weight limit were required by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines.
Carol Boyd, executive director of the nonprofit Rifle Housing Authority for seniors and disabled people, said, “HUD is not enforcing that deposit. My problem is if they’ve never charged them before, why are they saying HUD is making them do it and charging top dollar?”
Jane Goin, a spokeswoman for HUD working out of a Denver office, confirmed that HUD does not require any pet deposits or weight restrictions. HUD guidelines say $300 is the maximum that can be charged for a pet deposit and any weight restrictions are up to the property manager.
Manuel De La Paz, who visits seniors at the Glenwood complexes, said last week that managers at Manor Glenwood and Manor Two have in the past had lax attitudes about seniors’ pets and a new manager was starting to enforce rules that weren’t enforced or even mentioned for years. Some residents without much money were reportedly worried about the higher deposit, but they were offered payment plans of $50 up front followed by $10 monthly payments.
On Thursday, Diana Heinicke, community relations manager for the Monroe Group, said that seniors with pets are now being “grandfathered in” and only new seniors will have to pay the $300 refundable deposits. She said there are no dogs over 25 pounds that will be removed.
The deposit was imposed to fund repairs for any pet-related damage and the weight limit was added for the safety of the residents, she said.
“The reason it is in place is for the safety of the residents, and some of the residents are afraid of the larger dogs,” Heinicke said.
Boyd said she attended the same HUD certification training last month that about six people from the Monroe Group did, so it was upsetting to read that the company said HUD required the deposit and weight restriction.
“They found out at that meeting that they could charge up to $300 and they’re money-makers,” she said. “We’ve been in existence 30 years and we only charge $150 ” a lot of these elderly people couldn’t survive without their animals.”
She said seniors in the subsidized rentals in Rifle were also dismayed after reading the statement from the Monroe Group because they worried the HUD policy changed and they would have to pay more for pet deposits and lose pets over 25 pounds.
The Rifle Housing Authority has about 100 subsidized rental units for seniors and disabled people. There are about 76 housing units total at Manor Glenwood and Manor Two.
Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121
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