Resolving beef with Section 8 tenants

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Q: I have a problem with the apartment building next door. All eight apartments are full of Section 8 tenants who are breeding and raising pit bulls. This activity is causing major problems for me, with dog waste in my yard. When I complained, the housing authorities told me they can do nothing to hold the landlord accountable. This just doesn't make sense to me. --Chris D. A: The answer you got doesn't make sense to me, either. Maybe it's time to try a different approach. The housing agency you refer to (a public housing agency, or PHA) is probably the government office in charge of issuing Section 8 vouchers. Its main concern is to make sure that applicants qualify for the rent subsidies, and then to inspect the rental property that voucher holders choose to make sure it meets habitability (and other) standards. If the landlord agrees to participate in the program (in most states, it's voluntary), the tenant pays up to one-third his income in rent; the housing agency uses...