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Live in the affordable unit – or else

ASPEN – The Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority is seeking a court order to force the owner of an affordable housing unit to put the condo up for sale because she allegedly violated housing rules by renting it out and not living there.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Pitkin County Court against Cathleen Tripodi, who failed to comply with an order from the housing authority to list her unit for sale by March 21.

Tripodi accepted an appointment with the U.S. Department of Energy in March 2001 – a job that took her out of town for lengthy periods of time, suggested evidence presented by attorney Thomas Fenton Smith at housing authority hearing on the matter.

One witness, who rented Tripodi’s condo for three months in 2001 along with another individual, said Tripodi did not reside in the condo the entire time they were there.

Those renters, Matthew Sharp and Stephanie Milsap, are also plaintiffs in the lawsuit. They paid Tripodi $1,550 a month from Jan. 1 through March 31, 2001 – an amount that exceeds the allowable rent under the deed restriction for the condo, according to the suit. In addition, the rental arrangement was not authorized by the housing office, as required under housing rules.

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