A woman who faces, along with her son, eviction from her apartment in the Aspen Country Inn says the Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority has ignored her efforts to show compliance and called the authority’s actions unlawful.
The attorney for APCHA, which manages the inn’s 40 long-term rentals that are reserved for seniors and people with limited incomes, filed an eviction complaint Wednesday in county court against Amanda Tucker Meuse and Rennie Tucker Meuse.
The complaint says Amanda Tucker Meuse failed to report income from Social Security and that APCHA was unable to determine what their assets were. It also says that annual Social Security payments of roughly $15,000 gave them an income, at the time they applied for housing, of $41,822, putting them over the $39,200 cap for two tenants.
Amanda Tucker Meuse on Friday acknowledged the Social Security issue, calling it a “genuine oversight” on her part because she was unaware APCHA would consider that earned income. But she said that she has “provided all verification of income and assets.”
“There was no deceit,” and the legal action to evict her and her adult son left her “devastated,” she said. Her annual Social Security payment at the time she applied for housing was only about $9,000, she said, information “that I’ve already provided” to APCHA. The authority responded by sending a sheriff’s office representative to her door with notice about the lawsuit, she said.
“They are completely and absolutely ridiculous,” Tucker Meuse said of APCHA. “In three months, they have not responded to one letter.”
Since she and her son moved in in February, she has worked three jobs, with the Aspen Skiing Co., as a substitute teacher and with a catering service, and she said the latter did not timely provide pay stubs showing her employment. APCHA cited the inability to verify her hours worked as another reason in the eviction complaint.
Tucker Meuse maintained that APCHA is trying to evict her “without good cause,” adding that she is formulating a legal response.
The complaint, citing the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority, says “tenants’ written statements are not allowed as CHFA requires the use of third-party verifications.”
APCHA and the Tucker Meuses have a June 20 court date.