Dear Billy T and Somerville Speakup Line,
I am writing to you about a potential rental payment scam that’s going on at the newly built Saint Polycarp Apartments in Somerville. Many tenants, especially tenants that are paying via money order, their rents are disappearing and not appearing on their rental ledger records as paid. The payments that are appearing are appearing on other tenants accounts as changed account
For over two years I’ve been paying my rent with a money order and on all my rental ledgers they read rent is zero, so the money is going somewhere. Even though I am getting credit for paying my rental price as zero, I don’t feel this is right that someone is getting away with it.
Another tenant told us that somebody is taking photos of the money orders account numbers and depositing them in different banking accounts. He also told us that it is happening to anybody who is paying with money orders and that their transactions sometimes appear on other peoples rent ledger reports as transfers.
To cover their behinds whoever is pulling this alleged scam, they are listing the rent price as zero so the rental monies don’t appear as missing in the books and so that it appears that no money is missing.
We as tenants are intending to file a formal complaint with the federal government where HUD low income housing is in involved in the particular building.
Please get this message out there in case anyone else has experienced the same problems.
A tenant of Saint Polycarp Apartments