KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri, will no longer provide new leasing subsides for clients wanting to rent apartments from TEH Realty due to a "history and pattern of non-compliance."
TEH Realty owns several housing complexes throughout the metro, including Nob Hill and Park Gate apartments.
Over the past three months, the Housing Authority has received 56 complaints about the conditions of their units at Nob Hill, according to HAKC executive director Edwin Lowndes.
"Tenants will call us. We will go out, inspect and notify the owner of the deficiency,” Lowndes said. “He'll fix just the deficiency, and there's been this pattern we continue to see. They are not taking care of the property, and they are receiving federal funds."
Since Jan. 1, TEH Reality has received more than $600,000 in federally subsidized housing vouchers for its Nob Hill and Park Gate apartments.
The HAKC's decision to not accept or process any requests for tenancy approval is unique, according to Lowndes.
"This is the first time in my history at the Housing Authority where we have done that," Lowndes said.
The Housing Authority of Kansas City will inspect all of the apartments its clients are living in, in the next 60 days. If the apartments are not up to code or standards, the Housing Authority will cancel the vouchers and allow clients to move to another apartment complex.
TEH Realty has been thesubject of numerous 41 Action News reports, including residents who wereleft without air conditioning in the summer andcomplaints of mold and plumbing problems.