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Landlords/Rental agents in Hinesville are charging too much rent for deteriorating and tore down properties.

I spent the majority of the day escorting a newcomer around the area to find a place to live. I couldn't believe my eyes. The apartments-houses-mobile homes were dirty, and outdated. It upset me becuase the prices are high and they refuse to take care of the property. They can do this becuase of limited affordable housing in the area.

There was a time the local government or the military would monitor the places for rent in a town and make sure the properties were priced right and met government standards.

The chain of command on base should take a hard look at what the landlords and rental agents are charging and the condition of the property before soliders lease them.

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HMJC commented on Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 16:53 PM

Ever since housing privatized the COC has turned a blind eye to housing even on post. For some reason that is no longer considered part of taking care of Soldiers and their Families. The real shame is Soldiers still have recourse on post to settle disputes regardless of what you hear. It is the other 70% of Soldiers and their Families that landlords are taking advantage of on a daily basis. And sadly enough, that 70% really does not have a "champion" for them. As an old Non-com, sad to see, sad to see

JimmyMack commented on Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 16:57 PM

As a former, and I stress former, landlord, I can state that you are absolutely correct PN. My wife and I like to think of ourselves as fair people. WE had two townhouses on Elaine St. (yes, I know this is not Country Club housing) However, we chose not to gouge the predominatly military families what the Realtor said we could get for them i.e. $650-$750 a month. We both felt guilty charging $500 a month just due to the condition of the neighborhood and the age of those town-houses; built in the 70's. We heard horror stories from many who said they had looked everywhere and one landlord wanted $750 for a two bedroom trailer.

Anyway: cut to the chase, when opportunity came to liquidate these properties we did so.

I feel for the people coming here in hopes of finding just "adequate" housing. I wish I had a lead to give you but I don't. I am sorry for that.

Sheran commented on Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 18:05 PM

I guess this is why Long County is growing at a fast pace.

PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 18:08 PM

It is very sad. We stop by my old rental spot from 10 years ago-I paid 400.00 then -it now rents for 850.00. I know times/economy/cost of living has changed..the sad part is the apartment has not. The apartment had the same appliances, cabinets and counter-tops from 10 years ago. Something has to change.Sad indeed..

sebekm commented on Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 19:27 PM

Some abandoned properties around town were purchased by young military families who lived in them and then PCS'd - to become out-of-state (or out-of-country) landlords. I wound up donig this back when my house didn't sell after we were at Fort Hood for about six months. I had Coldwell Banker "manage" the rental for me. I remember being frequently surprised when I received a lot less than a full rent check when the plumber/HVAC or other handy man had to be paid for some unforseen problem. Fortunately, I had the financial wherewithal to take the losses. Many others do not. Also - a lot of those remote landlords default on their loans when financial difficulties (or divorce) hits their households.

I guess one part of the answer is that you have to have a sense of reaponsibility when you are a landlord. With society going the way it is, personal responsiblity seems to be a lost trait.

I dunno...just random thoughts from a random mind.....

PoliticsNation commented on Tuesday, Jun 18, 2013 at 20:59 PM

@Seb Unfortunately, the majority of the properties that were in the worst shape were apartment complex- owned by locals..they advertise on bill boards up and down the roads in Hinesville....If the real estate companies are unable to update the property or make repairs because the owner can't afford it-they should drop them or lower the rent.

timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 08:33 AM

PN, from a lifelong resident I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment of the landlords of Liberty county.

This is not the way it was before Ft. Stewart was turned into an Infantry training center. The slumlords take advantage of the young soldier who is trying to marginalize their housing
allowance by living off post.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 11:34 AM

I hear you, PolNat, but once those rent levels are established, to lower them admits that the property is in "decline" and affords less funds available to improve them, no? The problem feeds itself. I dunno....something needs to be done, though.

mountain commented on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Like JimmyMack I was a landlord until two years ago. I was charging $500 a month for my rental houses and the rental houses in the same neighborhood were going for $750 a month and they were not in good shape like mine were.

JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Jun 19, 2013 at 15:28 PM

Yes, it is about the almighty realtor dollar. Look at todays Courier and there are our leaders. Having jet-setted up to D.C. to "lobby" for mo-money mo-money! Would like to see that travel expense ticket. How bout it Courier? What benefits are our reps. bringing back to the area? How much did it cost us to send them to D.C.?

But, I digress.

The ONLY way to get our elected reps attention is to vote them out of office. Yet when given the opportunity to do so 12-15% of us show up to vote and that ain't enough to get the job done. They can do as they please with impunity and they KNOW they can.

I, a liberal Democrat, voted for a stone cold fiscal conservative, Billy Kitchens, for mayor in the last election. I also voted for Jason Floyd a fiscal Republican Conservative for city council. Jason made it, but when it came time to show his cards on budgetary increases he went along with the tax and spenders on the council. Talk about disappointment!!!

It is only going to get progressively worse in this area until voters start holding city and county officials accountable.

That retirement condo in Boca Raton is looking better and better to me. Reasonable property taxes, no yard work, pet friendly. Only have to watch out for all those hurricanes.

I think it just may be worth the risk.

mountain commented on Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 at 07:37 AM

JimmyMack, before you move into a condo check the monthly or yearly maintenance fees. These fees can be from $250 to $500 each month.

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 at 13:06 PM

Sure thing, Mountain. Thanks for the advice.

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