FEMA responds to Facebook ad about renting out FEMA trailer

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A recent Facebook post showed a woman offering her FEMA trailer for rent for $650 a month.

Some residents think renting out a FEMA trailer isn't ethical. (WJHG/WECP)

According to the post, the repairs on her home were finished so she no longer needed the trailer, however, some residents don't believe that's ethical.

Danny Craddock from Panama City said, "If you're just given it because of a dire situation, I think it's common sense that you shouldn't be renting it. Let the government give it to somebody else or rent it to somebody else."

Others believe the decision on who should live in the trailer should not be up to the occupant.

Matthew Thicklin from Panama City said, "That should be left up to FEMA because that's the place they went to get the trailer. I don't think it's right at all."

FEMA officials say they are aware of the post and have "considerable doubt as to its authenticity" but still wish to warn others who may be thinking of renting their trailers saying, "Applicants who attempt to sublease their unit are in violation of their license-in agreement and may be subject to removal from the program.

The signed agreement clearly states the terms and conditions for the Direct Housing Program. If occupants violate the terms, FEMA may issue a revocation notice to terminate the license-in agreement.

According to the documents, under 'Duty As to Use of Housing Unit' in Appendix A, only the individuals who are on the license-in agreement are allowed to occupy the unit. In addition, the applicant may not transfer or assign the license to any other person without FEMA’s consent."

FEMA officials also say if you wish to report any case of potentially fraudulent activity to contact local law enforcement, report it to the Florida Office of the Attorney General on the Fraud Hotline at 866-966-7226, or call the FEMA Disaster Fraud Hotline at 866-720-5721.

WJHG/WECP reached out to the person posting the ad via Facebook and have not received a response. The person did not list a telephone number in the ad.

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