Never email any information to an overseas landlord, and never, never wire money to a foreign bank account. Check the county tax records to verify the name and address of the owner. Insist on meeting the owner face to face. And, if you can, use a realtor to find a place to rent. In my experience, the best landlords and the best tenants work with realtors.... more
The Dallas Housing Authority has lists of properties owners are willing to rent Section 8 clients. If they have a house in Desoto, the owner already knows what DHA pays. So, that shouldn't be an issue.
Right now DHA is one of the national experiments to set rental prices by zipcode. So, while the maximum rent in 75227 may be low, the rent in 75035 is high by comparison. Your voucher probably has a number of bedrooms, not a $ amount. The old way is to specify a dollar amount. Currently, they have a table of maximum rent by zipcode and that's in dollars for number of bedrooms.
You can also ask a Realtor to help you locate suitable properties.... more