Why are we allowing outsiders come into our town and turn what WE the citizens know as a loving, Southern, hospitable living, into a high dollar, unaffordable, 2nd base city living quarters and banishing our Seniors, forcing them into homelessness?

Q -Terrell is my hometown.
I’ve resided here since the day I was born in 1986. I have always felt that this homely town was the greatest, safest and affordable place anyone could ever wish for. However, Now as an adult with senior parents I am saddened to know that my reality has now became a nightmare. My senior citizen father whom is now in his 70’s, whom is also no longer able to keep up with the up keep of a three bedroom home, yard etc… Moved to an apartment seven years ago. Due to being retired and on a fixed income, he’s not able to afford rent increases every year of $50.00 etc.. Now that the property has sold, the new owners has come up with the idea to no longer have the property as an all bills paid property. The residents are responsible for Water,Trash,Pest Control, Paid parking as well as Electricity. Not to mention the rental rates that are not affordable nor are they market fair, compared to their local competitors(895.00 -920.00) for less than 600 sq ft. My question is: Why are we allowing outsiders come into our town and turn what WE the citizens know as a loving, Southern, hospitable living, into a high dollar, unaffordable, 2nd base city living quarters and banishing our Senior’s forcing them into homelessness!!  as well as others on a fixed income and or living  solely off of the minimum wage?

A-Thank you for your inquiry. Although I sympathize with your father’s plight, the City of Terrell has no authority to regulate a property owner’s decision as to whether they require their tenants to pay water, trash, pest control or parking, regardless of whether the property owner is an individual or a corporation. The City also does not have any authority to determine the monthly rental fee for a particular property nor can they control subsequent increases in rent. That being said, we do offer rental assistance to a limited number of qualifying, low-income families through our Housing Department. Additionally, the City is in the process of working with developers on two apartment complexes that will provide additional housing options for residents.

Sincerely,

Rick Carmona, Mayor