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Residents feel betrayed by new home tenants

Many Portsmouth residents were not happy when new tenants moved into the city's latest housing development.

Many Portsmouth residents were not happy when new tenants moved into the city's latest housing development.

The city of Portsmouth recently built new council-owned housing, but it did not ask residents from neighboring housing units to load up moving trucks and move into the new properties. Rather, new residents pulled up with moving boxes to take residence in the new homes, to the chagrin of many existing residents.

The Portsmouth News reported that the new housing units have three or four bedrooms, and offer more space than the existing neighboring units. Many residents felt they deserved to live in the new residences because they had a greater need for the extra space due to larger families. Many tenants said they felt betrayed by the events, as they had been waiting more than 10 years for the housing project to be completed in hopes of moving in. According to Portsmouth City Councilman Steve Wylie, the council followed housing priority policies when deciding who the next residents would be.

The Portsmouth City Council does offer its tenants the opportunity to swap their homes, however, through a website. The site assists homeowners looking to swap residences with someone else in the housing unit, which many tenants take advantage of each year. The website states that it has the largest membership of any exchange matching site, providing tenants with the best possible chance of finding a new place to which they can relocate.

But before tenants can start loading up the moving trucks, the local area housing office must approve the exchange first. Once the tenants have applied for the exchange, the housing office can help answer any other questions they may have on the process of relcating.