CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- The Chattanooga Housing Authority plans to lose less money in unpaid rents and spend less time on evictions with the hire of Lee Danley, the housing authority's new in-house attorney.

CHA also will implement a policy change that will allow partial rent payments.

Nonpayment of rent is a perennial problem. In July 2011 CHA reported that from 2008 to 2010, 378 people were evicted and the agency lost more than $368,000 in unpaid rental fees.

The changes were spurred by a substandard performance mark this year on an annual assessment from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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