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Old 09-17-2008, 09:26 PM
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The theory is if a section 8 recipient is bad, they are blacklisted from renting other section 8 units. But make no mistake, it's a handout. Money earned has a different feel than free money. Many of the section 8 landlords are slumlords, looking for guaranteed renters. I'd imagine the section 8 causes a floor in the prices. Section 8 pays $700? Then everything is $700. Maybe a person who actually earns the money and values it more wouldn't be likely to spend that much for the housing, but since it's "free" who cares.

Also, I'd imagine landlords of section 8 properties often don't keep up their properties well. I rent in a more expensive place owned by the rich and they don't do good upkeep on the building systems. In the end, most landlords are slumlords in the 757. If not, then it's probably some noob landlord freak that is going to bug the snot out of the tenant. I'm just glad property values are crashing.
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Old 07-10-2010, 01:25 PM
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I am renting from a slumlord. Five months ago I asked my landlord to repair the refrigerator and he didn't . He claimed that he did not receive my phone messages or text messages. I reported him to the Housing Authorities and when he was notified by them, he rushed over to replace the refrigerator but was complaining the whole time. He replaced the refrigerator with a rusty old one but it works. My next issue involved the maintenance of my air conditioner. The outside temperature reached 100 degrees and my home temp reached 85 degrees. I called my landlord, Mr. Johnson and told him. He asked why didn't I send him a letter and what my schedule was for the next 3 days. Neither he or the A/C guy came out during a week of 100 degree whether. The A/C is still not fixed.
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Old 07-11-2010, 03:54 AM
Location: Va Beach
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Originally Posted by NCyank View Post
You are correct. There are lots of folks using subsidized housing, a large % are elderly. Unfortunately some other folks using subsidized housing leave a bad image of a typical user. I have seen entire apartment complexes that were only 20 years old that needed to be demolished after 20 years of abuse by tenants with subsidy. What a shame. A lot of it has to do with the management at the facilities as well. Some are kept nice and free of criminal elements, others just rent to anyone.
The old projects were meant to help people get back on their feet, but they ended up breeding generations of project people. They felt if they got them "Out of the Projects" and into regular neighborhoods, it would give them a better perspective, but so far, it's only ruined good neighborhoods. There are some that deserve section 8 or subsidized housing after working all their lives, but the young ones are doing the same things they did when the projects were still standing.
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