Im thinking about buying houses in poor areas and rent them to section 8

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    • #207608

      people,can i have your input.? Can you give me cons and pros,thank you.
      Houses would cost around 10K (includes all fixing costs) and rent range is $600-$750,is it really bad idea?

    • #264229

      The only pro is the state is paying the rent and you’ll be paid every month for sure.

      Cons: Section 8’s are usually welfare mothers, drug addicts etc. They will care nothing about your houses and there will be damages. Unless you get the property really dirt cheap and fix them up just enough to be habitable and get a CO you won’t be making much if any profit. Then your stuck with proprty no one else wants.

      Personally I would rather have 2 nice houses to rent than 10 section 8 ones. Less headaches, more profits, better tennants.

    • #271332

      I have worked with section 8 for years and there are pros and cons.

      You can still screen the tenant just like a market tenant. You do a credit check, criminal check and landlord verification.

      Not every person on section 8 has poor credit, etc. The more bedrooms the more problems as you will have families which can be tough.

      Section 8 tenants have an income verification and apartment inspection each year. This is usually done by the housing authority or agency. Some times the agency can be unfair as the landlord is responsible for making repairs which sometimes seem to be a habit.

      As for the money, this can actually be a benefit here. The resident is liable to pay rent equal to 30% of income, so even if they start to fall behind, you are still getting your rent from the agency. So the lower their portion, the higher the guaranteed portion. This could be helpful in a down economy.

    • #287379
      Kandis Hay

      Recheck your figures. Any housing market that has property for under 10k is NOT renting for 600 a month. Not even close.

      If that were the case HUD would just buy them all up, they would skip landlords.

    • #438126

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    • #438127

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    • #438128

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      Hope this helps somewhat.

    • #289284

      No way Jose. I have been there…. Collecting the rents will be a nightmare.
      It is not worth the time and effort – find a better way…………You may be buying the houses cheap but you will be paying far more than the house is worth in aggrevation, labor and wasted time. Even if the government pays you directly….I wouldn’t.

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