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6 FAQs About Investing in Section 8 Housing

The worst phrase a landlord will hear is “late rent.” However, this can be avoided by another two-word phrase: Section 8. Check out our guide to investing in Section 8 housing to see if it’s the right fit for you and your wallet.
The worst phrase a landlord will hear is “late rent.” However, this can be avoided by another two-word phrase: Section 8. Check out our guide to investing in Section 8 housing to see if it’s the right fit for you and your wallet.

The choice of whether to invest in Section 8 Housing is a major one. Landlords have to consider all of the benefits and drawbacks of opening up their properties to Section 8 tenants. With all of the legal jargon and horror stories, it can be difficult to determine whether it’s a good idea to invest in Section 8 housing.

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FAQs About Investing in Section 8 Housing

Are Section 8 rentals a good investment?

Renting to Section 8 tenants can be a good investment. If you are looking for consistent payment (the government pays on-time) and a steady flow of tenants, then renting to Section 8 tenants is a good investment.

Like any good thing, there are some drawbacks to renting to Section 8 tenants that cause some landlords to avoid it. For example, as the government is funding the rent payment on the property they want to make sure that everything is up to their standards.

Your property will be subject to an annual Section 8 inspection to ensure that the property complies with all of the Housing Administration’s quality standards. If it is not, you will need to rectify any issues, no matter the cost.

What is the most Section 8 will pay?

The Section 8 program doesn’t have a set amount of rent that it will pay, but there are a number of rules that it uses to determine a maximum limit on a case-by-case basis.

Section 8 covers the difference between the 33% a family should pay on housing expenses and the actual rent price. If the family’s income is $50,000 annually, it is expected that you will spend $1,375 on rent monthly. If your Section 8 rental costs $2,000 a month, the $625 difference will be covered by Section 8.

Typically, the maximum amount that it will pay to landlords is based on calculations it updates each year. This calculation takes into account the fair market rent price which looks at the rent prices of properties in your area and comes up with a number within that range.

Other calculations that will influence the maximum amount that Section 8 will provide for rent are the median income in the area and the number of bedrooms in your unit. As these metrics are updated annually you may experience changes in the amount that Section 8 provides for rent on your property.

What are the benefits of Section 8 housing?

The benefits of section 8 housings are steady occupancy and cash flow. Section 8 tenants offer landlords access to a specific population of vetted tenants.

As Section 8 serves lower-income individuals, once they are approved for the program they will be on the hunt for a good home that accepts Section 8 vouchers. If you have had trouble getting or keeping tenants in the past, Section 8 can help by opening your property up to tenants who couldn’t afford to live in it previously.

Section 8 also helps landlords to retain a steady flow of rent payments. The Section 8 program will provide monthly payments to landlords via check or direct deposit so long as a Section 8 tenant lives at the property.

How does a landlord get paid from Section 8?

Section 8 typically provides a monthly check or direct deposit to landlords in the Section 8 program. If the entirety of the rent isn’t covered by the Section 8 payment and the tenant owes a small portion of the rent, it is still up to the landlord to collect the rent directly from the tenant.

Can you rent Section 8 to a family member?

HUD regulations stipulate that tenant may not be related to the landlord or owner of the property that they are renting from. This includes blood relation and relation by marriage. There are certain cases in which this rule does not apply, but it is best to contact your local PHA for further assistance.

Can you refuse Section 8 renters?

It is illegal to refuse Section 8 renters if it is based solely on their Section 8 status in some states and regions. However, this is not a universal rule across the nation. Landlords should check local and state laws before turning away Section 8 tenants to avoid any legal repercussions.

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Ben Mizes

Ben Mizes is the co-founder and CEO of Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you with top agents to save thousands on commission. He's an active real estate investor with 22 units in St. Louis and a licensed agent in Missouri. Ben enjoys writing about real estate, investing, personal finance, and financial freedom. He's a serial entrepreneur, having run several successful startups before Clever Real Estate. Ben's writing has been featured in Yahoo Finance, Realtor News, CNBC, and BiggerPockets.

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