Posted by HR on February 09, 2002 at 08:40:58:
Spoken like a true section 8 vet. I would absolutely recommend, Ron, you do all the above. Here’s a case in point.
I have a small 2 bedroom house that I decided to put on the 8 list. I called the woman in charge, on her private cell phone, told her who it was, she was pleased, and added it to the list without inspection and without having to fill out the paperwork. Why? Because I’ve got a reputation for having high quality rentals, I treat my tenants well, I take the section 8 folk out to lunch occasionally, etc. You’d be amazed how few people do this for them. All they usually get is complaints. If you’re the friendly guy who solves some of their problems, they have a positive association with you.
Personally, I don’t think the government puts phones in the section 8 offices. I’ve never had anyone answer it. And when they did return the call (rare), it was over a week later.
Finally, my tidbit for you, Ron, is to get a free inspection. The officials will do a curteosy inspection for you, for free, and you should take advantage of it. Find out in particular what may be needed, and then add it into your renovation.
Also, while many features are not required, like closets, I always put them in. I’m currently using the white melomine snap-togethers from Home Depot for about $100. They have been holding up well. While it’s not required, the tenant appreciate it, and I want them to stay for a long, long while.