A commonly asked question that I get as a realtor do I work with Section 8 ?

The answer is simple, Yes,

As a Realtor, it is illegal for me to discriminate against a tenant with Section 8. I typically work with investors to Market and rent their available units. As the Section 8 voucher holder, you have the right to view, apply, and go through the same process as any other prospective tenant will go through for rental consideration. The guidelines remain the same for cash tenants as they do for Section 8 tenants.

As a Realtor representing a listing, it is illegal for me to discriminate against a tenant with Section 8. I typically work with investors to Market and rent their available units. As the Section 8 voucher holder, you have the right to view, apply, and go through the same process as any other prospective tenant will go through for rental consideration. The guidelines remain the same for cash tenants as they do for Section 8 tenants.

As the Section 8 voucher holder, I suggest you educate yourself with Section 8 guidelines regarding rental units, to verify that the unit that you’re interested in qualifies under their guidelines. Many landlords will not reduce their rent or go to any additional measures to accept a Section 8 tenant especially when the market is competitive with cash Prospects.

Applying with Section 8 does not automatically guarantee approval or denial. The process and rental qualifications are the same for everyone.

We do not accept any payments outside of what section 8 approves. If section 8 approves $1400 and the rent is $1600 we will not have a side deal for $200. Please verify your voucher amount when applying for a unit.

 

The second part of the question is do I work with Section 8 voucher holders and assist with looking for apartments ?

 

I do not maintain or manage a high inventory section 8 approved units. Many of the landlords that have a high inventory of section 8 approved units do not hire Realtors to list their units. The reason being with there being so many Section 8 vouchers in the market many landlords do not see the value of having a realtor Market their unit for a qualified tenant. In other words, they find their own tenants.

To increase your search options I have included a few links to help assist with your search.

I try to offer my clients a fast and efficient service, without having access to pre-approve units I am not able to provide Section 8 voucher  holders the level of service  they should expect from a realtor.

I have an area of expertise that I operate in. It’s no different than someone looking to move to the suburbs. I’m not familiar with the suburban market, therefore, I don’t work with those clients because I can’t be efficient and offer a great service in that area.

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