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Special needs tenants (by Bonanza [NC]) Aug 1, 2020 1:51 PM
       Special needs tenants (by FloridaNative [FL]) Aug 1, 2020 2:19 PM
       Special needs tenants (by DJ [VA]) Aug 1, 2020 3:25 PM
       Special needs tenants (by Allym [NJ]) Aug 1, 2020 3:40 PM
       Special needs tenants (by Robert J [CA]) Aug 1, 2020 4:08 PM
       Special needs tenants (by melinda [MD]) Aug 1, 2020 5:20 PM
       Special needs tenants (by Vee [OH]) Aug 1, 2020 7:01 PM
       Special needs tenants (by Kevin [FL]) Aug 1, 2020 7:52 PM
       Special needs tenants (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Aug 2, 2020 2:43 AM
       Special needs tenants (by Bill [KY]) Aug 2, 2020 6:57 AM

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Special needs tenants (by Bonanza [NC]) Posted on: Aug 1, 2020 1:51 PM

I got a call from a lady wanting to know if I would rent to “assisted family services”. My brief conversation And understanding is they place special needs clients in a home with 24 hour a day supervision

Anyone here done any renting with this kind of tenant / client?

What was your experience with it?


Special needs tenants (by FloridaNative [FL]) Posted on: Aug 1, 2020 2:19 PM

In my area those types of rentals fall under "Group Homes" or similar language. You will need to check with the city/county to see if your rental will qualify for it. Here there are minimum distances required between group homes, most commonly 1200 linear feet from one to the next and the statute is pretty detailed. Naturally it can be entirely different where you are located. --68.104.xxx.xxx

Special needs tenants (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Aug 1, 2020 3:25 PM

Never have, but might consider it, in the right circumstance.

Wouldn't it be basically like renting a building to a business? --70.160.xxx.xxx

Special needs tenants (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Aug 1, 2020 3:40 PM

No but I have seen it fail over and over. There is an anger management group that places people and there are two placements next to my duplex. Right now it's not a problem with the two residents but over the years there were multiple police calls, babies left outside in cold weather and my tenants felt they had to help the situation, loud radio noise from a car parked in the drive way, just constant problems. The social worker would pull up in her big expensive car but no relief. Finally an elderly sex offender was placed there. Creepy but no police calls. My tenants love the place and having their sister upstairs like when their mom was alive. But I have been cautious with rent increases due to this problem. Now, across from one of my four units years ago, was a mentally challenged couple. He worked but she could not and was home all day. She would take walks and come back with strange men. Then the managers got them a dog and then dogs. One dog would disappear and another would arrive. Then someone gave them a wolf cross. I made phone calls and nothing happened until I came upon this animal attacking my elderly neighbor and her small poodle. I chased it away, and it came at me briefly, got her into her home and the dog which had a patch of hair pulled out and was bleeding. She was bleeding from a huge tear in her thin elderly arm. Fortunately another neighbor arrived and could help and put pressure on her arm while I called the police. She was Ok and the poodle was OK after some surgery and the wolf dog went away and so did the "managed" young couple. No. Run. No one really manages anything. There are 24 hours in a day for horrors to occur. I myself tried to help a vet who was being mugged at his home. He was a contractor's brother and he stayed in a basement apartment but it was constant trouble with him loitering outside and people calling the police. Finally the brother got him into a veteran's hospital. There is just no way to monitor them. I would check him in the morning and his brother would at night. I would make sure he was outside for his medical appointments and even took him to some. He did very well in the institution until he died one morning after getting up. It was a mistake to close all the institutions for mentally ill people. No one can watch them full time. --71.104.xx.xxx

Special needs tenants (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Aug 1, 2020 4:08 PM

We here in California can not discriminate against someone with "special needs". We have to allow "special accommodations".

So I will give anyone who asks an application. A group like Section 8 and other agencies do not guarantee squat. So each and every applicant has to be able to "Stand on their own merits". If they don't past my mustard test (tenancy requirements), I disqualify them and reject their application.

I rented to a "group" of deaf students. They had the income, good job history and credit to rent my home. So I had to accept them. After 2 years I had to evict because of over crowding and damage.

It could have gone either way, I've had other with "special needs" who were model tenants. --47.155.xx.xxx

Special needs tenants (by melinda [MD]) Posted on: Aug 1, 2020 5:20 PM

Recommend that you don't rent to any special group. We rented to a local group of mentally disabled adults. The supervisor was really on the ball. When they left the house Really was in better shape than when they moved in. Would rent to them again. Now we have 2 Recovery Houses. It is a business and in my opinion a big disappointment. The man who is on the lease and the manager of the business takes very little interest in the houses. He is only interested in the money. He spends no money to clean the carpet, take care of the lawn etc. House Managers come and go and do not, in my opinion, exercise enough control over the men. They park on the lawn. They spew cigarette butts all over the lawn. Do not get involved in a situation where you have people coming and going on a weekly basis. It's like a motel. Bah Humbug. --24.233.xxx.xx

Special needs tenants (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Aug 1, 2020 7:01 PM

I have these again, they pay about 2 time periodic rent prices, all utilities, damage in next rent cycle - like tenants all should, show me copy of me named in insurance, keep them updated on all the emergency numbers and yours. --76.188.xxx.xxx

Special needs tenants (by Kevin [FL]) Posted on: Aug 1, 2020 7:52 PM

Last and only time I had this one member liked to hang out with homeless bums and infested the whole house with bed bugs.

They would not pay for tenting but the manager sure made out from the state payments to take care of them. --47.202.xxx.xxx

Special needs tenants (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Aug 2, 2020 2:43 AM


Yes I have done this. Had 2 house going and wish I had more!

I charged extra rent because they are harder on the house and we needed to respond quicker.

The paperwork for the agency is tedious so once they settle in they stay.

THEY took care of basic maint and repairs such as their client punching a hole in the wall by accident. Add an extra $100 per month for yard care.

Agencies vary greatly. Ask to talk to some existing LLs adn do a 2 Minute In Home Visit even if an hour away.

I lost mine when the govt dropped their funding but it was good while it lasted.

Not for the amateur or casual LL. You are dealing with agencies, care givers, managers, govt programs...

We had to make a few alterations such as reinforce the handrails for HEAVY people, remove the 4x6 bathroom mirrors and install framed mirrors ($29 at Big Lots!), secure the fence so keep clients in, drive by frequently just to keep an eye on it...



Special needs tenants (by Bill [KY]) Posted on: Aug 2, 2020 6:57 AM

Brad, I laughed hysterically at “accidentally punched a hole in the wall!” Haha!! --75.89.xxx.xx

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