Dallas Tenants Complain About Their Landlord, Dallas ISD

Dallas Tenants Complain About Their Landlord, Dallas ISDThe remaining tenants in a rundown apartment complex slated for demolition have big complaints about their landlord, the Dallas Independent School District. (Published 1 minute ago)

The remaining tenants in a rundown apartment complex slated for demolition have big complaints about their landlord, the Dallas Independent School District.

The school district is in the unusual position of operating an apartment complex because it bought the Park Lane Terrace Apartments in October to be demolished for a new school site.

“We want to help folks,” said Dallas ISD official Tim Strucely. “Many of these folks have kids in our school and we want to do whatever we can to make their move as smooth as possible.”

The 310 unit complex was around half occupied when the school district bought it. Strucely said around 30 units still house tenants now.

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“Being displaced in the middle of the school year when you’ve got children, that’s not very comfortable. It’s not easy,” said Ronetta Price.

The mother of two school age boys has lived in the complex for more than two years. She said current Park Lane Terrace management does not make proper repairs. She said the roof leaks and there are rats in her apartment. She wants to move but finds other choices to be very expensive.

“It’s basically double the rent that I’m already paying here,” she said.

Tenant Charles Beasley moved in last April. He said he would never have done so if he had known the school district would ask people to leave in October.

“They’re very vague as far as the assistance that they’re going to provide, a lot of double talk. They’ll give us one amount then another amount. They’ll give us a date, then they give us another move out date,” Beasley said. “We want to leave, but we want them to be a little bit better partners with us in this relocation process.”

Dallas ISD relocation policy provides just $100 a month for up to 12 months to compensate tenants for the difference of a more expensive apartment. But the relocation assistance is only payable as reimbursement after money has been spent.

Supawon Lervisit, an attorney with Legal Aid of Northwest Texas, has been helping the tenants negotiate with the district.

“The school district has obligations as a landlord and a housing provider and it also has obligations as a school district when it relocates people,” Lervisit said. “They’re not getting deposits back. They’re not getting repairs made. There’s just been a host of issues.”

Strucely denied that security deposits have been withheld. He said Dallas ISD has hired managers to run the complex and a separate firm to provide relocation assistance for residents. He said there will be no charge if tenants wish to move to another unit in the complex for the last 3 months, and management is going easy on rent payments to help people save money for moving.

“We’re not trying to be harsh about that,” Strucely said. “We certainly would like to have rent paid but we have not taken any actions against folks.”

Remaining tenants are being allowed to stay until the end of June to allow kids to finish the school year.

The complex will be demolished to make way for replacement of overcrowded Jill Stone Elementary School. The district gave up on efforts to purchase another controversial site that was opposed by neighbors.

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Replacement of Stone Elementary was included as a project in the 2015 Dallas ISD school improvement bond referendum that was approved by voters.

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Nauryz celebrated in Houston, TX

HOUSTON. KAZINFORM – Nauryz was celebrated in one of the central parks of Houston, Texas, USA, Kazinform reports.

"Each year the natives of such countries as Turkey, Bosnia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan celebrate this holiday in the United States", Gaukhar Sembayeva, a Kazakh living in Texas, tells.

"We set tents in the park where americans can taste national dishes. The Kyrgyz people set a large yurt, uzbeks cooked pilav in an immense cooking pot, bosnians baked the sheep right in the park, kazakhs treated with manti, baursaks and Nauryz-kozhe which was cooked by Masha Husbek, ethnic Kazakh from Mongolia.

"In our auyl in Mongolia Nauryz is a big festivity. We make kozhe from seven ingridients: broth, kazy, wheat, salt, meat and rice. We are especially happy to celebrate Nauryz this year with our daughter Akerke. We have come to here for a visit and it is great that the Kazakh traditions are remembered here", Masha apa shared.

Kazy is a sausage from horse meat, traditional dish of Turkic people, and apa means "elder sister".

According to Gaukhar Sembayeva, in Houston there are a lot of our countrymen, especially from the western regions of the country. They frequently come on employment contracts with oil and gas companies.

For the family of Raushan Mukhametzhanova this is the Nauryz in a row in the USA. "Each time there are bright staged performances, sophisticated costumes, national food of the Turkic countries. We meet old friends and make new friends. We make sure our kids preserve the interest in national traditions. Each year celebration of Nauryz becomes more international – more and more Americans get to know about our country and culture. Our daughter studies in Dallas and her friends have come from Dallas to visit the festival. They were impressed with our hospitability, kind attitude and openness. The performance of the children from the Kazakh school ‘Shanyrak’ was especially memorable ", says Raushan Mukhametzhanova.

The pupils of Shanyrak – a Sunday Kazakh school in Houston – presented a performance in the park. This year about 20 children study in this school. They learn Kazakh, take dombra classes, and learn the national dance.

Assel Uteuliyeva is a volunteer – she teaches dombra playing in Houston. Back in Kazakhstan as a child Assel attended took dombra class at a music school.

"These children learn quickly. It is easy to work with them. They are very keen", she said.

there are about 2 thousand Kazakhstanis living in in Houston.

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Gunman in car kills Dallas woman, 18, inside apartment

DALLAS (AP) – A Dallas woman has been killed and her sister wounded after police say they were shot by a gunman in a car while they were inside their second-floor apartment.

Police say the 18-year-old woman and her 16-year-old sister heard a disturbance outside their home Saturday afternoon and when they went to a window to look they were shot.

Nequacia Jacobs was pronounced dead at a hospital. Her sister is in serious condition but is expected to survive.

Police are looking for the gunman who was described as inside a white car with tinted windows and black wheels.

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Missing Dallas Teen Found

DALLAS, TX — Update: Quaydarius Davis was found and is safe.

Original: A missing 15-year-old may be a danger to himself or others, police warn. Quaydarius Davis was last seen around 6:00 p.m. in the 4200 block of Wyoming Street.

Davis is described as a 5-foot-10 black male weighing around 180 pounds. he was last seen on foot wearing a black sweater, black shorts, black sneakers and a black beanie hat.

If you see Mr. Davis, please contact 9-1-1 or the Dallas Police Department at (214) 671-4268.

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20 Hottest Housing Markets in the U.S.

Thirteen of the 20 hottest housing markets in the U.S. in January were based in California according to a list of the Hottest Real Estate Markets in America compiled by Realtor.com, and topping the list was San Francisco, followed closely by the tech-hub San Jose.

This monthly compilation is based on the number of listing views in each major metropolitan market (including satellite cities), plus the number of days homes spend on the market before being snapped up by buyers.

A number of factors were responsible for the movements on this list, the main factor being that prices are still at historically high levels because of low for sale inventory, which was down 8 percent since January 2017. However, according to data released with the list of hottest housing markets, approximately 365,000 new listings are expected to hit the market in February, showing a 3 percent increase over last year.

“A strong stock market run, new tax laws, and a government shutdown have given buyers and sellers plenty to digest as they come to terms with the new economic landscape and their personal situation,” said Javier Vivas, director of economic research at Realtor.com. “While the national picture remains largely unchanged, real estate remains more local than ever, and demand and supply dynamics are rapidly shifting across the country as the dust begins to settle.”

While San Francisco and San Jose fought for the top spot, Vallejo, California remained unchanged from its December ranking at No.3, followed by Colorado Springs, Colorado and Midland, Texas to round up the Top 5 spots in this list.

In fact, Midland, Texas showed the maximum gains from December, jumping 13 spots from No. 18 to No.5 in January. Chico, California was another big mover, jumping 13 spots from No. 29 in December to No.16 in January.

Other cities that made it to the top 20 list of hottest housing markets include San Diego, Santa Rosa, Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto, Fresno, Los Angeles, Oxnard, and Santacruz, all in California, as well as Denver, Colorado; Dallas Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; and Boise City, Idaho.

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Dallas Leaders Want Mandatory Apartment Recycling

Dallas Leaders Want Mandatory Apartment RecyclingA mandatory apartment recycling ordinance could be the law in Dallas within three months after orders from a Dallas City Council committee Monday. (Published Monday, Jan. 22, 2018)

A mandatory apartment recycling ordinance ould be the law in Dallas within three months after orders from a Dallas City Council committee Monday. Commercial buildings could also be added to the waste recycling program this year.

"It’s time to really get started in a very aggressive way to get something done," said Councilman Rickey Callahan.

Currently, Dallas only requires recycling to be available for single-family homes with service the city provides. But more than half the city’s residents live in multi-family rental buildings. A few years ago the city hoped that landlords would offer recycling on their own, but less than 25-percent of the 2,000 or so multi-family property owners have done so, according to city officials.

"Sooner than later I’d like to bring this back with some kind of ordinance," said Councilwoman Jennifer Gates. "I think at this point, just waiting for voluntary compliance, we’ve done that long enough and we can move forward."

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Other large Texas cities, including Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin, have required multi-family and commercial waste recycling for years.

"Gosh, I hate being behind Austin on everything," said Councilman Mark Clayton. "We say we can’t do it, and then they do and they’re still thriving."

Landlords have said it requires extra space on properties that were not designed for recycling. The extra collection will add expense for property owners, and tenants must be educated.

"We are ready to join with the city, and we know this is an important issue. Our biggest concern is how do we get over the details," said Kathy Carlton, with the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas. "You have a lot of residents that aren’t really into recycling and so they don’t care very much about how they sort their materials."

Sanitation Director Kelly High said Monday that the city’s McCommas Bluff Landfill near Interstates 20 and 45 may have only 35 years of space left. The city of Dallas’ long-term goal is "Zero Waste" to the landfill.

"This is not crazy. It has been done in other places. The city of Los Angeles is close to 80 percent diversion," Councilman Philip Kingston said.

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Council members Monday said they want to move forward with apartment recycling first but also want to include recycling for commercial buildings this year.

"And I think what we saw today was a major victory for the entire city of Dallas, for the citizens, who want to be better stewards of the environment," said Corey Troiani, with Texas Campaign for the Environment.

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Found Several Dallas TX Real Estate Listings We Are Interested In

My husband and I have been looking to buy a home. We have been renting an apartment and recently he has been promoted for work. I have also landed a good job that pays pretty well and I can see it lasting for a long time. We have decided it’s a great time to look at homes for sale in Dallas TX.

I went online and searched for Dallas TX real estate listings. I have found several real estate agencies in the area and have taken a look at their websites. I found a few listings I wanted to show my husband later and saved them to my bookmarks. Then I found a website that has all the listings of real estate in Dallas, TX on one website. I can also save my listings on the website so that’s what I have been doing. I have showed my husband the ones I have came across and he is also interested in looking at several of them in person. He said that he wants to contact a friend of his that is a real estate agent, but he wants to wait a little longer so we can get a list of all the homes we want to look at.

I am so excited to look at the listings I have saved so far. I have found several of them that is what we are looking for and that fits the budget that me and my husband talked about sticking around. I hope that one of these homes that we look at is something that we both can agree on. I want to own a home so badly and I know my husband does too. I am going to keep searching and saving and hopefully he will contact his friend soon so we can look at them.