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mlpml

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I hear that there is a back-log of families waiting to find homes to rent. Do you typically see homes sitting on lists for a while or are they usually rented quickly? I know there are a variety of factors that would go into this, but I am just trying to get a general idea of what to expect. Should we be advertising in addition to the listing at the town?

 

Also, do you find 2 family homes rent more quickly than 3?

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If you want to know how large a backlog S8 has in your area, call Metro and ask a caseworker.  Each area has a different amount.  I would advertise units both ways.  You could get a non s8 tenant.  I  find SFH rent quicker in my area.  People want private space and less noise.  Ask local landlords for your trends.
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I hear that there is a backlog of people just getting on the list that is 2 years behind.  Also that the money has run out and they are not taking on any more Section 8 until further notice.
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I have had nothing but issues with S8.  When the renters have an increase in their income, and they are required to pay part of their rent, they feign ignorance about having to pay their share and I have to rag them for it.  When they do not keep the place clean and sanitary, the local S8 authorities have been worthless.  When they leave with the place trashed, the S8 authorities do zero and the renters just move on to some other victim.

Some of my buds have had neutral or good experiences with them, but in my experience if they are getting something for 'free', then that is all that is worth to them.  IMHO, stick with people who actually have to work to pay their rent and risk their good name and credit if they do not.

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S8 tenants have to be screened just like any other tenant.  And it is the landlord's job to ensure compliance, not metro housing.  I have found though, that keeping on good terms with the caseworkers helps.  They can and will call the tenants in if they do not pay their share of the rent (they are in violation of the housing contract).   They can lose their access to metro vouchers if they fail to follow their housing contract by paying their share.  Few want to lose their voucher.  Metro will do nothing if they trash the place.  Their job is to ensure payment and housing standards, not police your property.  Issue S8 tenants violation notices, like any other tenant.  Send copies of each to their caseworker.  We have had both good and bad experiences with them.
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