Benoit plans to run tight-ship neighborhood
Tracey Benoit, the new manager of the North Abbeville Subdivision, wants Abbeville residents and city officials to know that she runs a tight ship, and she will not put up with any trouble from residents, who live in the 119 new rental houses she oversees.
Benoit, from Rayne, is the new manager of Abbeville’s newest neighborhood, North Abbeville Subdivision located on North Hardy Drive.
On the outside, Benoit may look sweet, but on the inside, she is tough and is not afraid to kick people out the rental houses if they violate anything on their lease agreement.
“My job depends on it,” Benoit said. “I have bills to pay and a family to raise. I am not going to lose my job over them.”
If the Abbeville police are called to a renter’s home, they can expect an eviction notice the next day, unless it is a 911 phone call, she said.
If a renter misses a month of rent, they can also expect an eviction notice.
Decide they want to remodel the home and punch a hole in the wall and Benoit finds out, the eviction notice will be served quickly.
If there are more people living in the house than they put on their lease, they are gone, she added.
Bottom line, Benoit, who has been managing for 20 plus years, is not giving an inch to anyone.
“I want people to know that I am not going to put up with anything,” she said. “You have to be that way. We have yet to have any problems.”
The subdivision opened in mid- December.
Half of the homes are rented and she expects them to all be rented by the end of April.
Construction on the last home is expected to be completed by the end of the week.
There are three and four bed-room homes which come furnished with kitchen appliances, washer, dryer, central heat and cooling, ceramic floors, ceiling fans, and a one-car garage.
The three-bedroom is 1,200 square feet, while the four-bedroom home is 1,400 square feet.
The residents also do not have to mow their yards but they are responsible for keeping their yard clean.
Before a family is offered a rental, Benoit said they must go through a back-ground check. She refused tenants who can not put the electricity in their own name because they may have a criminal record or had trouble paying the bill in the past.
Not every resident is from Abbeville or from Vermilion Parish, she added. FEMA placed residents into the homes who were affected by the hurricanes.
Her long-term plan to is to make living in the new neighborhood a happy place for families.
The grounds will have two day-care centers for working families. Benoit also plans to start a “Kid’s Club” where children who live the houses will be able to watch a movie and eat popcorn. Also, once the grass starts growing, there will be a “Best Yard” competition among the residents.
Constance and her husband Lyndon Vallian are enjoying their new home. They have been there since the end of December.
“It is quiet and it is nice,” said Constance.
“We don’t hear, ‘boom, boom,’” said Lyndon.
Patricia Johnson agrees with the Vallians.
“It is nice, quiet and peaceful,” Johnson said . “I am happy they opened these houses because some people would not have an opportunity to live in houses.”
She moved from a two bedroom apartment into a four-bedroom house. “I love the area,” she said. “It like ownership even though you are renting.”