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HUD/Section 8 Question (by Susan [MD]) Apr 29, 2010 12:17 PM
       HUD/Section 8 Question (by Jim in O C [CA]) Apr 29, 2010 12:28 PM
       HUD/Section 8 Question (by Mike45 [NV]) Apr 29, 2010 1:14 PM
       HUD/Section 8 Question (by Susan [MD]) Apr 29, 2010 1:36 PM
       HUD/Section 8 Question (by Virden [OH]) Apr 29, 2010 3:57 PM
       HUD/Section 8 Question (by Irish [MD]) Apr 29, 2010 5:51 PM
       HUD/Section 8 Question (by Chris [CA]) Apr 29, 2010 6:18 PM
       HUD/Section 8 Question (by billy [MA]) Apr 30, 2010 7:31 AM
       HUD/Section 8 Question (by Lynda [TX]) Apr 30, 2010 3:08 PM
       HUD/Section 8 Question (by Beth [MD]) May 16, 2010 12:42 PM

HUD/Section 8 Question (by Susan [MD]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2010 12:17 PM

I am new to the landlord world and was asked by a prospective tenant whether we accepted HUD. Is HUD the same as Section 8 in this case? I don't know much about either but from what I've gathered, we are allowed to not accept. Is that true? Or are we not allowed to turn down based on HUD?


HUD/Section 8 Question (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2010 12:28 PM

For the time being a landlord can choose not to participate in the section 8 program. To not discriminate always offer to accept non section applications.

As with the new health care laws some day we might not have a choice about not accepting section 8. --72.25.xx.xx

HUD/Section 8 Question (by Mike45 [NV]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2010 1:14 PM

I believe that the person who asked the question felf that "HUD" and "Section 8" are the same thing.

Actually, "HUD" refers to the federal Dept of Housing and Urban Development. Under HUD are various programs, including Public Housing (Section 8) and Indian Housing.

Section 8 housing is generally done through local (County or City level) gov't, not through the Feds. None of my Section 8 has me working in any way with the U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development; I just work with my local agencies, which I think are funded and/or mandated by HUD.

So the answer to "Is HUD and Section 8 the same" is "Section 8 is probably what the question referred to."

You are not required to participate in Section 8 programs. Those programs impose on the landlord various obligations that you need not agree to. You are free to refuse to participate. I chose to participate, but there are lots of horror stories you will hear on this forum from people who HATE Section 8, with good reason. So much depends on your local agencies.

HUD/Section 8 Question (by Susan [MD]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2010 1:36 PM

Thank you! I was hoping they were one and the same. With this being our first rental- and our house was recently updated- we are not sure we are wanting to participate.

HUD/Section 8 Question (by Virden [OH]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2010 3:57 PM

The best thing is to visit housing court and learn the process there and then take the free HUD classes and find out how helpful your office is, if the staff stinks you will know right away to walk off and lose a outlet cover or a screen that means the unit will not pass.

HUD/Section 8 Question (by Irish [MD]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2010 5:51 PM

It's different from county to county and even city to city in Maryland about the LL's right to choose to accept Section 8 or not.

I don't have to and don't in Frederick City.

Other posters have told about various ways to avoid if your juristiction says you must only do MTM (Sect. 8 I beleive requires yr long leases), your rental must pass Sect. 8 inspection...and you might make sure your rental does not pass the inspection, etc.

For more info, do a site search on this site to read the many many posts with key word Section 8 in topic...

HUD/Section 8 Question (by Chris [CA]) Posted on: Apr 29, 2010 6:18 PM

Be careful - and choose some aspect which won't be allowed by S8, like an 11 month's lease versus 1 year's. Please read the post above. It's scary...

HUD/Section 8 Question (by billy [MA]) Posted on: Apr 30, 2010 7:31 AM

ck your state laws to stay out of trouble on s8.we in mass cannot discriminate based on source of income but we can only do month to month which means housing wont accept us as sction 8 landlords.thats what i do and no problems. --208.58.x.xx

HUD/Section 8 Question (by Lynda [TX]) Posted on: Apr 30, 2010 3:08 PM

As Billy says, discriminating agains the 'source of income' is illegsl many places--and frowned upon by almost all authorities--even where it is tecnically allowed. But it is fairly easy to shift the connection away from the Source(gov't program) to the property(yours). I always say "I'm sorry, my property is not APPROVED for Section-8." That is a true statement. Unless you have appled to Sec-8, had an inspection done by THEIR inspectors, then you are NOT approved. Just don't ever let them inspect--and you will never be APPROVED. Then it is the NON-APPROVED status of the PROPERTY that denying the applicant--not the source of the income. --137.242.x.xx

HUD/Section 8 Question (by Beth [MD]) Posted on: May 16, 2010 12:42 PM

Irish, I also have rentals in Frederick City. Could you tell me where would I find the info that says a landlord here doesn't have to participate with Section 8? I have a prospect who says the county will pay, although the rental is in the city.

The rental has never been inspected/ approved for Section 8.



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