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Section 8 (by Debbb [OR]) Mar 22, 2023 12:13 AM
       Section 8 (by W [CA]) Mar 22, 2023 12:40 AM
       Section 8 (by Rick [IN]) Mar 22, 2023 3:51 AM
       Section 8 (by mapleaf18 [NY]) Mar 22, 2023 8:21 AM
       Section 8 (by Vee [OH]) Mar 22, 2023 8:52 AM
       Section 8 (by zero [IN]) Mar 22, 2023 9:07 AM
       Section 8 (by Tom [ME]) Mar 22, 2023 9:07 AM
       Section 8 (by RB [TN]) Mar 22, 2023 9:43 AM
       Section 8 (by S i d [MO]) Mar 22, 2023 9:54 AM
       Section 8 (by don [PA]) Mar 22, 2023 1:47 PM
       Section 8 (by Scott [IN]) Mar 22, 2023 3:22 PM
       Section 8 (by plenty [MO]) Mar 22, 2023 3:50 PM
       Section 8 (by Phil [OR]) Mar 22, 2023 8:23 PM
       Section 8 (by small potatoes [NY]) Mar 22, 2023 10:56 PM
       Section 8 (by don [PA]) Mar 23, 2023 2:39 AM
       Section 8 (by Jim in O C [CA]) Mar 23, 2023 9:56 AM
       Section 8 (by tryan [MA]) Mar 23, 2023 3:31 PM
       Section 8 (by JB [OR]) Mar 28, 2023 10:29 PM

Section 8 (by Debbb [OR]) Posted on: Mar 22, 2023 12:13 AM

What is your experience with section 8 housing?

What are the HUD inspections like? --72.19.xx.xx

Section 8 (by W [CA]) Posted on: Mar 22, 2023 12:40 AM

The answers lie within the Section 8 Bible to be found on Amazon. A few bucks for invaluable advice to download on your Kindle reader. Saved me a lot of headaches - hint; S8 tenants can be destructive, so remove anything breakable from the zoo enclosure before letting them loose! LOL

Section 8 (by Rick [IN]) Posted on: Mar 22, 2023 3:51 AM

It appears to vary with department and/or location. I would ask around your area for other S8 LL and see what they have to say.

Section 8 (by mapleaf18 [NY]) Posted on: Mar 22, 2023 8:21 AM

Yep depends on your area. I found out in my area, the director is a typical kumbaya do-gooder ideologue who even admitted he would NEVER be a landlord b/c it is too hard.

They also did inaccurate calculations and caused a rug pull for one of my tenants who supposedly had a voucher. They made us go through all the motions/paperwork/inspections and then at the last moment said "oops we calculated the tenant's income wrong...Soooorrrryyy! And that even took AGES.

I know not to participate because of this in my area.

Section 8 (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Mar 22, 2023 8:52 AM

Sec8 is not anywhere for a landlord with fewer than 5 clear evictions, the first rule o enforce is 2009 -Breath Easy- smoke free rental housing, this is hard for the community housing with on-site police to enforce, almost impossible for private owners to deal with - when you do the quick inhome inspection and see ash trays you quietly put this applicant into the DQ pile. Exit flea treatment for -any- walking animal plus pet rent for those your insurance may allow - tenant needs to provide copy of renters insurance before keys are issued. Keep reading here for tips, it is always cheaper to have empty than wrong person with keys.

Section 8 (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Mar 22, 2023 9:07 AM

My local housing authority ruined Section 8 for me years ago.

Poor management, no communications, plus a laundry list of things that I couldn't deal with any more.

Definitely find someone who is dealing with your local unit and see what they have to go thru.

One inspector who I had would write up violations on initial inspection and put that the LL will remedy within XX days or months. They never came back to check. I have heard that the two new inspectors almost enjoy failing places.

Buyer beware.

Section 8 (by Tom [ME]) Posted on: Mar 22, 2023 9:07 AM

Always has been my mantra (except really early on).


Section 8 (by RB [TN]) Posted on: Mar 22, 2023 9:43 AM

Enter at your own risk !

Section 8 (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Mar 22, 2023 9:54 AM

They don't call it "Sucktion 8" for no reason.

It all depends on your local office and whether or not Congress decides to fund the Govt.

Their lease with supersede your lease.

Their inspectors will take their time approving your unit or finding never-ending problems with it.

They will decide if your rent increase requests are reasonable or not.

Have you ever worked with or for the Govt before? Imagine that, but with your paycheck on the line, and you are not an employee where they actually care about such things.

Section 8 (by don [PA]) Posted on: Mar 22, 2023 1:47 PM

In Philly, it is hard to deal with. Everything requires an in-person trip. When you call, it goes to voicemail, and voicemail is full!

The inspections vary a lot depending on the inspector. Here, they do have rules that exceed the city code, such as requiring a front entry light (even with a city street light just above). Before the annual inspection, you had better go and install all new light bulbs, because if the inspector throws the switch and the light does not go on, written up as not working---and we all know how tenants love to splurge on lightbulbs. If the tenant lets an inch thick crud accumulate on the gas burners to the point where they do not light----you fail because stovetop not working!

Section 8 (by Scott [IN]) Posted on: Mar 22, 2023 3:22 PM

I've been a S-8 landlord for 25 years. It's not so bad. If you are worried about the inspection, get a copy of the S-8 inspection form and checklist and run through them before the inspector does his. HUD-52580 and HUD-52580A. The inspectors can get nitpicky, so don't be frustrated when you fail your 1st inspection.

Section 8 (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Mar 22, 2023 3:50 PM

I do well with my section 8 homes.

Section 8 (by Phil [OR]) Posted on: Mar 22, 2023 8:23 PM

My local Section 8 Housing Authority are pretty good to deal with. You do need to read and understand the system. Some of it is good for landlords. If they have been on section 8, you can (and I do) request if there have been any violations. As a landlord, you are supposed to send the HA a copy of any violations....not all do.

The tenants themselves.... can be great....or can be really bad. REALLY BAD

Inspections are not a big deal.

Section 8 (by small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Mar 22, 2023 10:56 PM

by me the case workers are a PIA, real sour folk w/ strict rules, locked offices behind buzzers and a 'clerk' window, the unfriendliest of places. Currently the inspector is alright and if you have a decent place you will do ok, it's just their inspection/ approval schedule sucks. They did however backdate the approval a month for my tenant that just got off the waitlist after several years, so that helped. And on the plus side ask for a rate at the top or higher than the region price and you might get it. My single tenant is in a 2 br and they were only going to approve 825, the 2 br rate is 879 and they gave me 840. Where it fails is if your tenant violates the lease like w/ a drug arrest or having extra people, they stop paying and you are stuck w/ tenant who doesn't have the whole nut and you have to evict on your own.

Section 8 (by don [PA]) Posted on: Mar 23, 2023 2:39 AM

Small Potatos--- You are right. I have had fellow landlords tell me that if their tenant screws up they will report them and get them thrown off Sec 8. I inform these guys that Sec 8 does not remove people for you when they throw them off of the program, so if you do that then you are still gonna have a crumb bum in your house but you just will not be getting paid each month.

Section 8 (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Mar 23, 2023 9:56 AM

In my early days I accepted a S-8 application. Signed up for the inspection and waited 2 weeks (with no rent) and inspector was a no show. Oops, inspector was on vacation.First and only S-8 experiment.

A friend had a S-8 tenant who put his finger through the window screen and then called S-8 about the hole in the screen. S-8 rent not paid until screen fixed.

Section 8 (by tryan [MA]) Posted on: Mar 23, 2023 3:31 PM

It's all about the housing authority ... In my hood there were 3 to choose from. 2 where a PITA was easy-peasy. So I only worked with easy-peasy. Had S8 for decades. And never missed a rent payment thru COVID. Try that on the private market.

Section 8 (by JB [OR]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2023 10:29 PM

Personally, I wouldn't touch S-8 with a ten foot pole. If you don't have enough drama in your life now, then definitely go for it.

BTW, regarding tryan(MA) post about the private market being much worse through Covid...I had 15 units and all paid 100 percent throughout. Careful screening equals better tenants.

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