According to the City of Las Cruces 2016-2020 Consolidated Plan, pursuant to federal HUD requirements, there are almost as many renter households as owner households here. In 2015, there were an estimated 17,611 renter households and an estimated 23,439 owner households. So being a landlord is big business here. The City found that for poor neighborhoods, including those near NMSU, “by far the largest housing problem…was cost burden and severe cost burden. Renter households were more likely to be both severely cost burdened and cost burdened than owners.” Cost burdened is defined in the report as households paying between 30% and 50% of their income for housing and severely cost burdened is when you’re paying 50% or more of your income for housing.
Landlords to Avoid
Landlords are screening you, so we’re screening them for you. First, here’s some information about how landlords screen you (see pp. 16-19). We receive a lot of complaints about landlords, so based on the student’s opinions after dealing with them, here are the Las Cruces landlords/properties to avoid, with some going off the list after a period of no complaints (updated 2/14/18):
- Dona Ana Properties
- Pinnacle Management
- Mather’s Realty
- Lanette Tomten
- Salas Rentals
It varies but includes such problems as failing to make repairs and refusing to refund the deposit. This list is similar to and intended to supplement reviews of tenant’s experiences and opinions of landlords on web sites and apps such as apartmentguide.com and Yelp, and such reviews, if truthful, are protected by law and are not considered defamation, slander or libel.
- Before you rent.
- Renting with a roommate.
- How do I get my landlord to make repairs?
- How do I get my deposit back when I move out?