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To File Special Claims or not

I wish there was a Special Claim for “Not enough time in the day” but I guess I will have to wait for that one. Some affordable housing properties submit claims and others may not think it’s worth their staff’s time. Others file them when necessary. Would I file a Regular Vacancy claim for a […]

Getting rid of the smell of cigarette smoke after your tenant leaves

Being a Non-smoker I can candidly tell you I hate the smell of smoke…and although my olfactory glands aren’t what they used to be, I can still walk into a room and tell if a smoker lived there. As an affordable housing property manager of a multifamily Section 8 property will tell you it’s not […]

The HUD Required Security Deposit Amount

All affordable housing leases and rental agreements require a security deposit. This is a dollar amount, usually one month’s rent, that’s intended to cover damage to the premises beyond normal wear and tear, and to cushion the financial blow if a tenant skips out early on the lease without paying. However the security deposit rules […]

When is a Section 8 tenant considered “Moved out”?

You may have thought that in affordable housing when you received the keys that the tenant was considered to be moved out, but that is simply not the case. A property cannot wait on moving out a tenant because they didn’t receive their keys, especially when they know that the unit has been vacated. According […]

Best practices for affordable housing Section 8 Owner/Agents that work!

I have attempted to assemble a list of best practices observed by O/A’s that work with multifamily affordable housing. The list is not all inclusive or in order of importance. The ideas presented are merely another tool to assist O/A’s in the challenging role of retaining tenants and trying to keep units fully occupied by […]