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Is this legal? (by Fabric Gal [CA]) Sep 15, 2021 3:45 PM
       Is this legal? (by WMH [NC]) Sep 15, 2021 4:27 PM
       Is this legal? (by plenty [MO]) Sep 15, 2021 4:50 PM
       Is this legal? (by FabricGal [CA]) Sep 15, 2021 5:47 PM
       Is this legal? (by Ken [NY]) Sep 15, 2021 6:08 PM
       Is this legal? (by Bonanza [NC]) Sep 15, 2021 7:37 PM
       Is this legal? (by Vee [OH]) Sep 15, 2021 8:17 PM
       Is this legal? (by Rosie [VA]) Sep 15, 2021 10:03 PM
       Is this legal? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Sep 15, 2021 10:34 PM
       Is this legal? (by Fabric Gal [CA]) Sep 16, 2021 1:10 AM

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Is this legal? (by Fabric Gal [CA]) Posted on: Sep 15, 2021 3:45 PM

Simple question, I figure someone here knows for sure:

Is it legal for me to find out the "place on the wait list" for Sec 8 housing for my mentally ill tenant ? I've asked him directly once a year, during casual conversation when I'm doing inspection etc, but he goes off the deep end (part of his psychosis I guess) and doesn't answer & changes the subject or gets angry. Maybe he doesn't know.

I know I have the option, sort of, to terminate his tenancy, but he seriously doesn't have anywhere to go and he can be quite stubborn. My guess is that he'd refuse to accept the termination of tenancy (even with "happy money" to get him moved out) and if he refuses, then there'd be the problem of going through the court system to get rid of a disabled person (problematic in and of itself).

He pays his rent on time and pays in full and is clean, and I've been raising his rent a bit every year. He is on SSDI.

So, is it legal for me to bypass his recalcitrance and check it myself?


Fabric Gal

Is this legal? (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Sep 15, 2021 4:27 PM

I'm confused about your problem? He pays his rent he keeps the place clean he abides by the lease?

He can't POSSIBLY know his place on the wait list, and that's frustrating in and of itself. You will not be told either.

Is this legal? (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Sep 15, 2021 4:50 PM

And what would you do with this information?call housing and ask but my guess is they won't tell you. Not sure this is a question a person in this state can answer anyways. Do they have an emergency contact or caseworker that maybe could find out? Still don't know how this information helps you do anything different

Is this legal? (by FabricGal [CA]) Posted on: Sep 15, 2021 5:47 PM

Thank you both for your input. He is problematic with damages that far outstrip his security deposit & his ability to pay. I was told by someone who used to work for social services that a person who applied for Section 8 can find out their place on the wait list. If I knew when his number was up & he was going to leave for his Section 8 place, I could plan accordingly.

Is this legal? (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Sep 15, 2021 6:08 PM

You are going to too much energy.Just give him his notice and get rid of him,why put up with damages?

Is this legal? (by Bonanza [NC]) Posted on: Sep 15, 2021 7:37 PM

Close friend ended their relationship with section 8 and the rent when from 575 to 750 in the open market.

It is hard to be the bad guy and terminate a tenancy but you can do it.

Is this legal? (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Sep 15, 2021 8:17 PM

Each county or outreach area will have a waiting list, 2 years ago I had terminated a sec8 tenant and went to the office like I normally do to get the always required time stamp on any document, covid19 came after this tenant went away but then the waiting list was 6 years. Your area may be shorter or longer, I have heard of 8 year waiting list before they pull numbers in a psuedo lottery so there is no way to know when your number will come.

Is this legal? (by Rosie [VA]) Posted on: Sep 15, 2021 10:03 PM

This is a tough one. I understand your thought; even if it shouldn't be the landlord's problem, sometimes if a tenant has no where to go they will make it very difficult to get rid of them. Any chance there is some social services support organization that could help find this guy something while he's waiting for the section 8 help to come through? Sorry I'm not much help, but good luck. --73.148.x.xx

Is this legal? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Sep 15, 2021 10:34 PM


Your are thinking too hard. You are a nice person but you are not responsible for his problem.

Id help him by calling Sec8 and explain his plight. Locally the list is based on current need. His need is about to become urgent. I believe they place the people who need it the most

He needs to go. Folks like this can cause you extreme problems, even danger when off their meds.

He needs to go.

He will find a place. They always do. Very few LLs actually screen.

Just paying the rent is not good enough.

It takes guts to be a LL.


Is this legal? (by Fabric Gal [CA]) Posted on: Sep 16, 2021 1:10 AM

Thank you all for ringing in here with your helpful input and understanding!

Fab Gal

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