Affordable Housing In Dennis, MA
How do I apply for affordabel housing?
At the moment the people to talk to would be either the Dennis Housing Authority, the Housing Assistance Corporation (in Hyannis) or the Dennis Senior Center Director. We are going to be trying to set up a “Ready Renter/Ready Buyer” list to help in matching people in need of affordable housing with the owners of units. Hopefully we can kick that off in the next couple of months to make the process more streamlined.
Ocean Pines adhere to the same rules as 49 A Baxter st. HAC Deed Rider.
Why are 3 units C,E,J NOT Owner Occupied ?
Also why aren’t the owners limited to 2 adults, as in the Restrictions?
The Units are much too small for 3 people.
It would appear that you have some issues that could lead to enforcement either under the original Special Permit or by enforcement of you Master Deed. While the owners of several units have approached the Planning Board to modify the original approval, to allow rentals, as yet the Condominium Association does not allow rentals. Your Master Deed requires owner occupancy. This is a prime difference between Ocean Pines and 49 Baxter Street. At 49 Baxter Street the Master Deed allows rentals, only the Special Permit does not. The Association has requested a change to the Special Permit to allow the rentals. If there are rentals at Ocean Pines then the Association can enforce to end that situation itself, or by asking for enforcement of the Special Permit by the Building Commissioner.
As to the number of people residing in individual units, the Special Permit set limits based upon the existing size, and also based upon approved expansions to some of the units. The original limitations were : Units A, B, C, H, I and J were limited to one person per unit; units D, E, F and G were limited to two persons. These limitations are in the Special Permit and are limits established under state health laws. In 2006 there was approval to allow five of the smaller units to expand. If the owners take advantage of that approval all the units except A could accommodate two people. It is my understanding that only one unit has taken advantage of the expansion allowance.
The Condominium Association may want to watch the Baxter Street discussions and consider again if it wants to allow a carefully controlled rental situation. It sounds like it might be occurring right now without any controls.
I will keep watching CD18 to see what happens with Baxter Street. I like the idea of making changes to the Special Permit, so as people won’t lose their Condos. Again that seems reasonable. No one needs to go into Foreclosure, just to move. On the other hand, Affordable housing will be tied up and has the potential of NEVER being put back on the Market. A lot of Massachusetts Residents are waiting for a chance for ANY Affordable Housing Opportunities to become Available.
If I pay off my Condo. can I then make a profit by renting?
Thanks in Advance
The idea is for the units to be owner occupied, but to recognize that family conditions change and the economy is not always responsive to the need to sell a unit. At Baxter Street, we are looking at limits on rent to cover their “operating” costs only. That would include mortgage, condo fees, taxes and insurance. They will be limited to recovering only those costs, no profit.
Ocean Pines is quite different given the size of the units. Even before the economy tanked, it was difficult to find buyers for these units. In discussions the Board has had, they have recognized that this project probably would have been better off as a rental project rather than an ownership one. As such they might be willing to modify the Permit outright without the limitations on profit that would be put into place on Baxter Street. I think each project will have to be looked at individually. At Ocean Pines my recommendation would probably be to simply restrict the rent levels to those affordable to people earning the respective 80% or 120% incomes. The Baxter Street condo’s will sell when the condo market recovers.
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