DeKalb County residents say the Atlanta-based room-rental startup is causing problems in their area.

Neighbors on Farris Drive say one of the houses on the street is being used as a rental room and they say it’s becoming a nightmare in the area.

Tara Dancon says she has been living next door to her house for the past two years.

“People are fighting, people are arguing, people are screaming, people are running up and down the street,” Duncan said.

This home on Farris Drive is one of hundreds listed on padsplit.coma for-profit company founded in 2017 that allows property owners to rent out their property to tenants for a period of one week at a price of $55.

“You don’t know what’s going to happen from day to day…whether you’re going to have good tenants or bad tenants,” neighbor Robert Miller said.

According to the startup’s website, the company’s mission is to help solve the affordable housing crisis, but Duncan says they’ve created another one in the process.

“With the increase in foot traffic, it has become a safety issue for me,” she said. “My car was broken into, garbage was scattered on my lawn, people were screaming and screaming. I work from home.”

She told FOX 5 that despite dozens of calls to DeKalb County police and reports to DeKalb County law enforcement, she and her Glenwood Forest neighbors say they haven’t received much help with noise, debris and other disturbances.

“I’ve lived in the area for about 44 years and we’ve never had anything like this before,” said Kathy Clark.

Duncan says attempts to contact Padsplit have been unsuccessful, leaving her questioning whether the company is legally operating the house.

Under the DeKalb County Code of Conduct, the owner of a home within a single-family zoning may apply for permission to stay in a bed and breakfast or home, but boarding houses and residences, homeless shelters, temporary housing, and hotels are not allowed. .

A DeKalb County spokesman confirmed that following a property inspection on Farris Drive last October, the county cited the owner as the case was referred to DeKalb County State Court, where it is pending trial.

Asked for comment, a Padsplit spokesperson provided a statement from FOX 5 Atlanta, which is reproduced below:

PadSplit is the nation’s largest shared housing market for the workforce. Started as a Public Benefit Corporation, our mission is to help solve the affordable housing crisis, one room at a time. PadSplit was born in 2017 out of a significant need, which has grown even more in recent times, to provide affordable and flexible housing options for the workforce and students. As Atlanta’s subway rents skyrocket, even faster than the national average, too many people are left with no options and forced to stay homeless or in other unpleasant situations, such as living out of a car or paying outrageous rates for exploitative motels for a long time. residence.

As the country’s affordable housing crisis only gets worse, PadSplit is specifically designed to address two of its biggest challenges: lack of supply and barriers to entry. In this way, PadSplit creates immediate housing options through single-family homes and we reduce barriers to entry as we don’t require a credit score, collateral or long-term lease.

As the AJC notes, coliving is a growing trend for those looking for more affordable and flexible options.

Metro Atlanta has a severe shortage of affordable housing—so severe that staff Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)a local planning agency, invited 13 county chairmen and mayors to Seattle in 2018 to show them what can happen when the housing shortage reaches a critical stage and forces people to become homeless.

“Since then, it has gotten a lot worse,” said Sam Schoenbaga, head of the ARC community development program. “We are in the midst of what is probably the worst housing situation our region has had in a long time.

The supply of housing in metro Atlanta is so low that there are “more real estate agents in the region than homes for sale,” Schoenbaga said. “And what is available costs, on average, much more than what the average household can afford.”

The relationship between supply and demand is a major part of what’s going on.

“We’re just not building enough,” Schoenbaga said.

To address these issues in Atlanta and our other markets, PadSplit is offering a shared housing market connecting residents with property owners through which people can access private furnished bedrooms and fixed utility bills, as well as access 24/7 telemedicine, credit repair, and recruitment services. Prices are usually 40-50% below the average cost of a 1-room apartment. Each PadSplit home follows certain design guidelines that exceed HUD standards, and members must go through a criminal background check and screening process to be eligible. PadSplits are also usually close to public transport.

With the unique PadSplit model of weekly all-inclusive payments, housing is designed for greater financial independence.

Our model is specifically designed for the workforce, and we typically cater to community workers such as security guards, restaurant staff, retail workers, gig economy workers, and teachers and day care workers who just can’t find a place to stay. Our residents have a median income of $25,000 per year, and nearly all of our residents are looking to save more money as a springboard to greater financial stability.

In Atlanta, we are proud to have over 3,500 apartments and have helped accommodate over 7,500 people. To date, 95 percent of PadSplit members have improved their credit score, and thousands of others have achieved a credit score for the first time. Many members have saved up enough money to buy their own cars, move into their own apartments, start their own businesses, and even buy their own houses, which they then turn into PadSplits to start the cycle for others.

According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, zoning laws are subject to a significant amount of interpretation and must comply with federal fair housing laws. PadSplit only operates in jurisdictions where we have a good faith case for compliance. We cannot comment on any open court proceedings.

PadSplit’s mission is to help solve the affordable housing crisis through shared housing that focuses on supply and access issues. We always welcome cooperation with local cities and municipalities and show them the benefits of our model or solve any problems. A key part of this effort is helping municipalities change their zoning code to free up safe, clean and regulated affordable housing without spending tax dollars.

We have co-developed our approach with several national partners such as the Terner Center and Enterprise Community Partners, as well as local activists in the cities where we operate. We spoke directly with HUD to share how shared housing can be part of the solution to the huge problem facing public housing authorities, and we are encouraged by their recent support such approaches. We were recently invited by the US House of Representatives to discuss our model in more detail and demonstrate the benefits of shared housing.

Unfortunately, as has been repeatedly confirmed (see The Color of the Law), the history of zoning in the US is rooted in discrimination, and we are still forced to confront this legacy. Ultimately, the question is whether you believe that the people who work in our communities also deserve the opportunity to live in our communities.

PadSplit provides guidelines that all its residents must follow. Each tenant agrees to these guidelines before moving in. These policies are designed so that tenants can be polite and respectful to their roommates, landlords, and neighbors. There are times when residents do not comply with these rules and PadSplit intervenes in such cases to help mediate, or residents can also move into any home in the PadSplit Market at any time. Although extremely rare, if any illegal activity ever occurs in the home, PadSplit residents are instructed to call the authorities. And in certain circumstances, in accordance with local law, there are cases that can lead to an application for eviction. At this point, the property owner cannot simply evict the person from the property as due process must take place.

Unlike most other housing companies, PadSplit also provides a neighbors page so that neighbors can contact the organization if they have any problems. PadSplit strives to be a good neighbor in the communities where we offer housing.

At the same time, we also deeply believe that the people who serve our communities deserve to live in them. Unfortunately, there are people who believe that affordable housing should only exist in areas far from their own.

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