Kem Bailey Smith
Keller Williams Main Line Realty
For the most part, all utilities have lien rights in most states. This means that the electricity company, the water company, the trash collection service may all file liens against the property should the bills become delinquent and unpaid. If you have any fears that the tenant may not pay the utility bills, talk with the Section 8 Administrator (usually the local county housing authority) and find out what remedies are available to the homeowner in the event that the Section 8 tenat does not pay the bills.
At least here in our county, we have such a low number of homeowners willing to make their homes available to Section 8 tenants that the county virtually guarantees that any tenant placed into a landlord's home will not violate the rules regarding payment of bills to the utility services. Talk to your County Housing Authority to determine if a similar requirement exists for tenants in the Section 8 program in your area.
Grace Morioka, SRES, e-Pro
Area Pro Realty