If you voted to re-elect Barack Obama as president, should your rent payments go up?
It appears possible at an apartment complex in Colorado Springs, Colo., where the manager of Casa Adobe Apartments sent a letter to residents making
According to KRDO-TV, the ABC affiliate in Colorado Springs, John Obringer recently sent out the letter that mainly focused on cutbacks on staff and
The letter reportedly states:
“Due to the stupidity of the U.S. electorate, the Obama-administration’s continued assault on small business is resulting in increased taxes,
regulations and mandates that are forcing the management company (B&J Enterprises, Inc.) for Casa Adobe Apartments to modify its operation to survive.
This has resulted in layoffs, work-time reductions and decreased pay for workers. Consequently, the business hours are now Monday and Tuesday from 9
a.m. until 4 p.m. Please plan accordingly … We are working hard to maintain the field, cleaning and maintenance personnel in place without raising
rents, but that too is inevitable due to the upcoming inflation and market forces.”
Obringer continued: “If you have any questions, comments or criticisms, please call me. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and Happy Holidays
to you and yours.”
Then he added, “BTW: If you voted ‘Democrat’ on Nov. 6, please notify me ASAP so I can raise your rent first to help pay for what you asked
Residents say nothing has changed thus far, and Obringer has refused requests to be interviewed.
Sounds like another person unsure of what Obama is going to do, or not do.
Seems like more and more small business owners are getting very restless waiting for the bomb to drop.
Not sure if it'll be a dud or wipe them out.
ETA: Personally, I feel like he was being sarcastic about charging Obama voters more rent......
His frustration as a small business owner is being stretched to the limits thanks to Obama and he's blaming the ones that re-elected him.
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The Fair Housing Act (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968) introduced meaningful federal enforcement mechanisms. It outlawed: Refusal
to sell or rent a dwelling to any person because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Discrimination based on race, color, religion
or national origin in the terms, conditions or privilege of the sale or rental of a dwelling. Advertising the sale or rental of a dwelling
indicating preference of discrimination based on race, color, religion or national origin. Coercing, threatening, intimidating, or interfering
with a person's enjoyment or exercise of housing rights based on discriminatory reasons or retaliating against a person or organization that aids or
encourages the exercise or enjoyment of fair housing rights.
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Clearly he is upset and lacks tact in his business candor. While the majority of the letter is okay, the inclusion of his personal beliefs places
him now in the position of a rock and hard spot. On one hand, he has every right, being the owner of the complex, to determine the fair-market value
of his units under control.
**note, this is somewhat right depending if Colorado Springs or Colorado practice rent control; I will have to research that**
What he has done though is placed legal reason, especially by pinpointing certain voting preferences of tenets, is a challenge when their rent does go
up; regardless if it is a natural increase needed to happen at the end of their lease term agreement.
If he excluded his personal beliefs and his jab at the electorate that voted for President Obama, it would just be an informative letter sent out
giving fair-warning of possible increased expenditures and rent increases thereof. As is now, he will be hard pressed to even raise rent in a valid
function because of this letter. All it will take is one person to claim fair housing practice violation and he will be muddled in court.
There is a difference if his letter were to just inform current tenets that rent will rise due to increased costs. That isn't anything to clamor
about. We deal with it every day. Similar to if Colorado Springs imposed a 2% tax on all rented property; he would pass it along and he is well
within his power to explain why rent went up.
Instead he decided to make his political beliefs very public and very directed. He will pay dearly for it as he should because actions have
consequences. While it would be a waste of resources for the Government at this point to start investigating him -- I truly believe his stance will
invoke market forces that he won't be too happy with that will correct his understanding -- they should if he does start targeting certain tenets
because he caught wind of their voting preferences.
Come to think of it, people could dig into my voting preferences and think I am a Republican. They would be woefully wrong when they dig further and
realize I have been voting for a dead person for the past 5 presidential elections.
The guy is a complete idiot in this aspect. He may be right, but this direction he took will only hurt his business.
This guy is an idiot. Most of the cost involved in renting real estate comes from the local and state government in the form of property taxes and
building codes. The ACH hasn't even gone into effect yet so any speculation on the cost is just that-speculation. Something tells me these overly
dramatic fuss pots won't be paying nearly as much as they believe.
In the form of inflation and tax increases. No need for the landlord to do it. Obama will take care of that.
As an aside, I do won rental property. My property taxes have tripled, but I havn't raised the rent... yet. But it's coming. I hate to do it becuase
I know they struggle. I match the rent due date with when the disability checks come in. But hey, I'm not running a not-for profit enterprise.
I think just by sending the letter he has violated the fair Housing Act. You cannot discriminate based on sex, race, age, religious or political
beliefs. A threat to do so probably qualifies as a violation as well. Hope the next we hear of this guy is him being taken down to the courthouse in
cuffs. he should have to answer for his hate.
Most small businesses go bust because their owners are idiots. That is why we need liberal policies so that we can prop these guys up after they fail
time and time again.
Its just another KNUCKLEHEAD who is being a DRAMA-QUEEN over having lost the election and being forced to accept the fact there is a President who
remains in office DESPITE their RAGING HATE for the man.
If Romney were elected, he would have been in MUCH WORST shape soon enough. But some folks cant get rid of their INSANE EXTREME HATE of Obama. They
cannot ACCEPT IT AND MOVE ON, so they have to take out their RAGE on others.
Many HATEFUL WHINERS, and SORE LOSERS over this election. Many being folks who aren't familiar with not getting their WAY in life and just cant stop
CRYING over this.
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Fact is even if I declared what political affiliation I had it doesn't mean I voted that way. I vote for the best candidate not party. Neither
party is infallible, as to this letter, as I inferred in my first post the Fair Housing laws prohibit this type of behavior, tongue in cheek or not,
if I was a renter he would already be being sued.
Frankly, there is no way for him to determine who his tenets voted for unless they offer the information or had political signs. If he tries to base
it on race with minorities being Obama supporters and whites being Romney supporters, he is just asking for legal problems.
It seems a little late for threats , but I think it's funny and I like it . Problem is though there almost has to be some kind of law against
retaliating against people for the way they vote . Plus even if I do like it it's probably just plain wrong .
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