This is not true
Originally Posted by OnTheFence
Yes I do. Because the govt gives me no guarantees about who will live in my home. If we allowed homeowners to accept sec 8 vouchers, there would be no control on who lived here.
I do understand your desire to protect your property, and your property values. But the government would not be choosing a tenant for your house, should you be open to that... only YOU can do that. Only YOU can decide WHO will reside in your house.
EVEN if you walk into the Housing Office in your town and announce you'd like to offer up your home for section 8 occupancy, YOU still are the one who takes applications and decides who you might want to accept based on your own research of their references, credit (yeah, some of us actually have good credit!), etc., and you can change your mind at the last second, and you can evict them for cause at any time. That's the fact. The tenant candidate still has to put up the security and last month's rent monies, somehow. They sign for responsibility. Not Housing. The RENT contract is signed between landlord and housing, because housing PAYS the landlord. If the tenant has a "co-pay," and they don't pay, the landlord can evict. Right now. Landlords do not give up any control or rights to their prop in dealing with Section 8.
I was formerly a Realtor. Many so-called "Investors" SEEK the Section 8 Free Ride because it is guaranteed on-time rent, and they actually have to do very little to pass an inspection. The most basic home can pass; it just can't be UNSAFE, tumble-down, fire-hazard, or non-working utils or appliances. These "investors" would be called "Slumlords," and this country is full of them.
Your husband worked in such a neighborhood, and so I understand your mistaken blanket remarks about Sec 8. And, I am so very sorry about your brother... what a terrible, terrible loss you have suffered.
Tenants get stuck there not because they love the crime-ridden neighborhood, but because their Sec 8 vouchers have no currency in most neighborhoods, for the reasons that you yourself describe. It is due to landlords being uninformed of the facts. And in your case, quite understandably very angry and terribly hurt by what you have come off as sounding like you believe applies to most, if not all, Section 8 voucher users.
BTW, I said in a previous post that my rent is paid 199% by housing. I meant 100%, for the time present, as I am unemployed and have a young child. When I had an income, I did pay about a third of the total rent.
Again, let me offer my sincere condolences, On The Fence, for your tragic loss. I have several brothers, and if I lost any to such a crime, I would probably be on a lifelong rampage.