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Keep current! (by Robin [WI]) Nov 26, 2023 8:52 PM
       Keep current! (by NE [PA]) Nov 26, 2023 9:04 PM
       Keep current! (by Ken [NY]) Nov 26, 2023 9:14 PM
       Keep current! (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Nov 26, 2023 9:14 PM
       Keep current! (by Ken [NY]) Nov 26, 2023 9:40 PM
       Keep current! (by Mike SWMO [MO]) Nov 26, 2023 11:06 PM
       Keep current! (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Nov 27, 2023 12:24 AM
       Keep current! (by S i d [MO]) Nov 27, 2023 8:40 AM
       Keep current! (by WMH [NC]) Nov 27, 2023 12:07 PM
       Keep current! (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Nov 27, 2023 7:49 PM

Keep current! (by Robin [WI]) Posted on: Nov 26, 2023 8:52 PM

I just posted a house for rent. I own in two different states, and one city passed an ordinance that you could not discriminate based on income. It occurred to me that I should check if the other city had done the same thing.

Oops! Sure enough, they passed the same law back in 2018, one year after I rented that house. I hastily deleted the part of my listing that said "no section 8" and changed my vm message.

Now a lot of poor people with vouchers are going to waste time coming to my open houses and waste money applying for a house that they won't qualify for due to other factors. Is there anything that politicians can't mess up??

Keep current! (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Nov 26, 2023 9:04 PM

Dont tempt them, Robin.

Keep current! (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Nov 26, 2023 9:14 PM

I am starting to learn the more regulations they pass the more units will come off the market and the more the rents will go up for the knowledgable owners.

Keep current! (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Nov 26, 2023 9:14 PM


Good catch!

Describe the home, not the person.

"This home does not meet Sec8 inspection rules." (Leave one cracked switchplate or missing door bumper or missing screen.)

Side note: Sec8 rents have gone up in my area - higher than open market making Sec8 a good path IF IF IF your local office is good and the home can pass.


Keep current! (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Nov 26, 2023 9:40 PM

you cant say this home wont pass section 8 inspection,you would have a legal obligation at least in my state to make it pass, i tell them of course i take section 8 have your worker call me which never happens

Keep current! (by Mike SWMO [MO]) Posted on: Nov 26, 2023 11:06 PM

Brad 20K said -- Leave one cracked switch plate or missing screen.)

I don't know it this delt with section 8 or some other government program. I know a landlord who had a few screens with holes in them. They wouldn't pass inspection. So he just REMOVED the entire screen. Pass - rented it for $400 more than he had been renting to "civilians" - you know --those hard working people who pay their own way.

Keep current! (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Nov 27, 2023 12:24 AM

Most jurisdictions rental housing is where vacancy rates are really low where those who have credit score below the 700 will keep looking in the province of Ontario along with a lot of other jurisdictions. Separated out utilities eliminates a lot of problem tenants where here governments want all inclusive for rental units under government subsidy. Once rented there nothing they can do. If vacant then they will claim discrimination. Make sure all adult applicants fill out rental applications as this step eliminates the eviction, trash out cycle. Three pieces of photo copied identification then one letter change in surname does not work. Those who have been evicted will have to housing as a last resort which is the community (government housing authority) as they housing authority has had a very bad reputation here. Sometimes raising $50 dollars will exceed the government cap where no rent below the market level.

Keep current! (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Nov 27, 2023 8:40 AM

A few things I love about commercial property:

- No Section 8

- No Federal Fair Housing Act requirements for the LL

- No American's With Disabilities Act for the LL

- Far fewer restrictive zoning requirements

- No HOAs

- No Covid eviction moratoriums

- No taxpayer-provided tenant advocates/free lawyers

In short, freeeeeeeeedom!

If you're tired of cities and states screwing with your rights, your property, and your income... consider commercial.


Keep current! (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Nov 27, 2023 12:07 PM

Regarding staying current with laws and regulations and double-checking your sources:

Do NOT rely on websites that attempt to interpret the actual law for the landlord or tenant. I have found they are simply often wrong.

I have written to a few this year correcting them, and always received an "Oops thank you!" rather than a "You are wrong and here's why" response. The trouble is a lot of their info is cut & pasted from state to state and not updated per state sometimes, or they all copied from the same (wrong) website.

Be sure to check your actual state's laws regarding Landlord/Tenant issues.

Keep current! (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Nov 27, 2023 7:49 PM


Ditto WMHs remark to study the right website.

Me? Just ask the LOCAL Fair Housing office. THEY are the ones who would field a complaint if you did something wrong.

ALSO helps to build good relations with them. They LOVE to teach.


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