Re: NEED TO KNOW ALL ABOUT SECTION 8 - Posted by T jent
Posted by T jent on March 19, 2000 at 23:57:17:
I have a building that is 80% Sec 8 tenants. There is a certain amount of red tape. The Housing Department will do an inspection to make sure the building is habitable/up to code. This is pretty easy to pass due to the fact that with the current housing crunch, at least in LA where I am, there is a major shortage of Sec. 8s available, and their aim right now is to facilitate things, not make them harder.
There is also paperwork to fill out and submit. The applicant does most of this but I believe some has to be done by the landlord (I seem to recall my wife telling me I had to sign something).
Then, after everything is approved, and the tenant moves in, there is, for no particular reason other than typical beauracratic foot-dragging, a lag of several weeks before the first check (along with security deposit) arrives. But from there on in, the checks come like clockwork; and after enduring a few episodes of rent default/eviction any landlord can understand the bliss of not having to worry about that.