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Welcome to the Homes Division of AJ West Enterprises, LLC. This page contains general information about the company, the way it operates, and its expectations.

About Us

The Homes Division provides affordable rental homes and apartments in downtown Lafayette, Louisiana.  AJ West Enterprises, LLC began operating in 2008. The website came on line in 2012. 

Property Locations

Most of the houses are within the area covered by the Downtown Development Authority's urban renewal center.
The properties are within sight or walking distance of these landmarks: The Feed Store; Grant Street Dancehall; Rosa Parks Multimodal Transportation Center, Amtrak Train Station, Acadiana Center for the Arts (ACA); Cities de Arts; Main Branch of Public Library; Gulf Coast, Chase, and Teche Federal banks; Myrtle Place Elementary School, and Lafayette Middle School. The post-secondary schools that are nearby are the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL-Lafayette), South Louisiana Community College (SLCC), and Lafayette Technical College.  Lafayette Regional Airport is approximately two miles away from the center of downtown.




Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO)


We offer our properties to the general public without regard to race, religion, family status, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age or national origin.

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and FHEO Disclaimer

According to HUD, the FHEO Act does not protect juvenile offenders, sex offenders, persons who illegally use controlled substances, and persons with disabilities who pose a significant danger to others.  Similarly, while the Act does protect persons who are recovering from substance abuse, it does not protect persons who are currently engaged in the illegal use of controlled substances.  Additionally, the Act does not protect an individual with a disability whose tenancy would constitute a "direct threat" to the health or safety of other individuals or result in substantial physical damage to the property of others unless the threat can be eliminated or significantly reduced by reasonable accommodation.

Residents

We rent to people from wide-ranging walks of life.  Residents may be single or married and with or without children.  Increasingly, our residents are referred to us by people who have or are currently renting from us.  Many residents have come our way simply by walking up to a property and then contacting us about the property’s availability.  With this webpage, we can now advertise 24-7.

Basic Philosophy


We provide affordable housing to a head-of-household only in exchange for their honoring the rental agreement’s---pay to stay---requirement and all other requirements of the site-specific rental agreement.

Expectation

Upon moving in, we expect our residents to create healthy home environments and shelter only themselves and their other legal occupants in our properties.  And, unless specified in the rental agreement, the utilities must be in the name of the head-of-household.

Ongoing Improvements

Our properties are regularly upgraded.  The upgrades may include, but are not limited to electrical, plumbing, interior or exterior painting, landscaping and more.  Major electrical and plumbing work is always done by licensed personnel.  Major carpentry and central air conditioning and heating work are done by individuals who are highly skilled in their line of work.  The head-of-household is responsible for maintaining the lawn consistent with the site-specific rental agreement.

Site-specific Watch Campaign and No Trespassing

Site-specific watch campaigns are kept in place.  The on-going campaign is a way of proactively safeguarding residents, their loved ones, and surrounding neighbors from uncivil or illegal activity.  All residents are required to report suspicious activity to AJ West Enterprises, LLC's authorized representatives and, as necessary to local law enforcement officials.

No trespassing signs are posted at every location and permanent no trespassing notifications are on file with the City of Lafayette’s Police Department.  Unauthorized vehicles are towed at the owners expense.

Environmental Conditions

Non-smoking and drug-free environments are the governing environmental conditions. Smoking outside is allowed; however, all waste-tobacco products must be fully snuffed out and then thrown into a trash container for the city’s weekly trash pick-up.


Recycling

  Recycling is encouraged, and only glass, paper, and plastics go into the city's recycling bins.

Pets

No pets; however, seeing eye dogs are viewe
d as a “reasonable accommodation.”

Is It Affordable

Affordability, according to HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development), means…..for a household to pay no more than 30 percent of its annual income on housing.

30% of Income

Families who pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing are considered COST BURDENED and may have difficulty affording basic necessities such as food, clothing, transportation and medical care.

The lack of affordable housing is a significant hardship for low to moderate income households and for households that spend---at or beyond their income levels---preventing them from meeting their other basic needs, such as nutrition and healthcare, and retirement. The economic expansion of the 1990s and downturn of the 2000s masked certain trends and statistics that point to an increased, not decreased, need for affordable housing. 

Moreover, HUD estimates that 12 million renter and homeowner households now pay more than 50 percent (50%) of their annual incomes for housing, and a family with one full-time worker earning the minimum wage cannot afford the [local] Fair-Market Rent (FMR) for a two-bedroom apartment…… anywhere in the United States.

HUD Fair Market Rent (FMR)

The FMRs for Lafayette Parish, Louisiana are provided below. These rents do not reflect the higher rents in downtown Lafayette, where major economic development is taking place that greatly increases property owner home values and rents within the surrounding area.

 (Proposed) FY2012 FMRs By Unit Bedrooms

Efficiency (no bedroom) $549

1 Bedroom $635

2-Bedroom $698

3-Bedroom $896

4-Bedroom $1,136

Click Louisiana http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/affordablehousing/programs/home/limits/rent/2011/la.pdf

Click Lafayette Parish
http://www.huduser.org/portal/datasets/fmr/fmrs/FY2012_code/2012summary.odn

In situations where available housing is higher than what HUD would pay for similar housing, the difference is paid out of the HUD client’s pocket.

Rental Calculations

Use the free salary calculators provided below to identify a rent you can safely afford.

http://us.thesalarycalculator.co.uk/hourly.php

http://www.freebiecreditreport.com/incomecalculator.php

A general formula for determining an affordable monthly rent and basic utilities is to take annual income and divide it by 40.  For example, based on a person receiving an hourly wage of $10 and being paid every other week, the monthly income total is $1,733.33. The $1,733.33 equals a yearly salary income of $20,800. The $20,800 divided by 40 equals $520 being a safe point for rent and basic utilities. Bear in mind, cable and satellite TV; extra cell phones, rent-to-own TVs and the like are non-essential items that create toxic debt.

First Rule of Renting

Pay your rent first and do everything you can to avoid toxic debt!  

Toxic Debt

Sources of toxic debt include, but are not limted to: cable and satellite TV; extra cell phones, rent-to-own purchases; automatic teller machine (ATM) charges and more. Toxic debt reduces your ability to pay for rent, food, basic utilities, emergencies, retirement, and may interfere with post secondary education for yourself or your loved ones. Feel free to use these calculators to identify dollar amounts for some forms of toxic debt. 


http://www.cancer.org/Healthy/toolsandcalculators/calculators/app/smoking-cost-calculator.aspx

http://www.startsaving.la.gov/savings/index.jsp

Properties

Please review our properties on the Properties Page, and if you see something you like, determine if it is in well within your affordability-range and if it is currently available.

Contact Us

info@ajwesthomerentals.com

AJ West Enterprises, LLC
402 West St. Patrick St.
Lafayette, LA 70506-2430

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