In addition, if you want to evict a tenant for what we terms as "no cause" eviction under Oakland's ordiance, such as owner move it, you have to give extra notice - 90 days.
Furthermore, there can be problems dealing with the local Housing Association in getting paid. They are required to do an annual inspection and if you don't pass, they stop paying. Getting back on their payment schedule can be a challenge.
The main reason people rent to Section voucher holders is that the rents they pay or often top dollar.
Jeff Woo, Esq.
Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP
Complex Rental Hlousing Group
There are multiple interpretation s here with the info in the question.
1. section 8 tenants: Make sure you pick the right one. Many of them ( personal experiences here), have not maintained the property as they should and believe it or not the (at least Oakland board), does not want to interfere on how the tenant should "live". It took me over $2000 in court to fight them becuas e they were not paying their "part" of the rent, and there is a personal part. It took me a further $2000 to get her out ( moving expenses they call it).
2. If they are living in a house you want to buy, make sure you can move in to the property. The rent control laws are very particular, and very difficult to get a "protected" tenant out. If you are buying the property, ask for a vacant proeprty at close of escrow. Give the tenant time to find another unit and be able to move.
3. An organization I belong to in Okaland, is called RHANAC. Join them if you are a property owner. They have very good advice.
4. Lastly, contact an "eviction" lawyer, someone familair with the rent control laws to make sure what you want is actually possible to achieve.
5. I have not rented to a section 8 tennant since. That of course does not mean any other tenant could not create a problem as well.
Best of luck to you!
Are you buying the house as an investment or as a home for yourself? The answer to the second part of your question will vary a bit based on your answer to my question. In both cases you shoule be aware of rent contral in your city, Oaklnd has measure EE which you can read on the city's website. Many landlords prefer renting to section 8 because there is guaranteed income from the government subsidies. This, as far as I know, is the only difference in renting. Tenants rights remain the same as does landlord responsibilities. If you have never been a landlord before then I suggest you contact the rent board of the city you will be a landlord in and find out exactly what you need to know. In purchacing a property for rental income, if units are already rented then you will want to receive from the seller estoppel certificates which verify the rental income.
good luck with your transaction!
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