From the BiggerPockets Blog

 BiggerPockets Blog »

Jump to Forum View All

Click a category below to view different forum categories.


General Info

BiggerPockets Q&A, Site Questions, & Announcements

1514 topics, 14412 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 05:53PM

BiggerPockets Exclusive PRO Area

117 topics, 841 posts — Last Post 04/23/14, 08:28AM

New Member Introductions

11000 topics, 86710 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 09:56PM

Real Estate Success Stories

400 topics, 6221 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 05:13PM

General Real Estate

General Real Estate

Buying & Selling Real Estate

6008 topics, 47315 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 10:18PM


651 topics, 5873 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 03:20PM

Get Foreclosure Help - Help Stop Foreclosure Forum

317 topics, 2561 posts — Last Post 04/23/14, 08:28PM

Home Owner Association (HOA) Issues & Problems Forum

238 topics, 1611 posts — Last Post 04/23/14, 04:02AM

Do it Yourself

660 topics, 6334 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 08:31PM

Reviews & Feedback

Real Estate Deal Analysis and Advice

3718 topics, 29817 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 09:08PM

Real Estate Guru, Book & Course Reviews and Discussions

1140 topics, 11616 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 08:58PM

Ask About A Real Estate Company

743 topics, 7348 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 03:12PM

Real Estate Investing

Real Estate Strategies


5647 topics, 44019 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 10:14PM

Rehabbing and House Flipping

3354 topics, 31121 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 08:41PM

Real Estate Development & New Home Construction

554 topics, 4696 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 09:03PM

Innovative Strategies

705 topics, 6044 posts — Last Post 04/22/14, 04:06PM

Tax Liens, Notes, Paper, & Cash Flows Discussion

869 topics, 6706 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 08:29PM

Rent to Own a.k.a. Lease Purchase, Lease Options

700 topics, 4961 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 11:26AM

1031 Exchanges

143 topics, 1063 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 11:10AM

Foreclosure Investing

General Foreclosure & Pre-Foreclosure Forums

1693 topics, 11322 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 10:10PM

HUD, VA, and Tax Sales

416 topics, 3103 posts — Last Post 04/23/14, 02:29PM


1217 topics, 10604 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 07:13AM

Short Sales

1539 topics, 13154 posts — Last Post 04/23/14, 08:25PM

Landlord & Tenant Forums

Landlord & Rental Property Questions

7260 topics, 71291 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 09:37PM

Mobile Homes & Mobile Home Park Investing

639 topics, 5146 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 05:13AM

Investor Basics

Starting Out

7739 topics, 60737 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 09:18PM

Investor Psychology

434 topics, 6132 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 09:03PM

General Real Estate Investing

4733 topics, 37341 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 09:51PM

Real Estate Investor Marketing

1740 topics, 14165 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 05:08PM

Commercial Real Estate

Commercial Real Estate Investing Forum

1414 topics, 9022 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 04:12PM

Multi-Family and Apartment Investing

1125 topics, 9421 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 10:04PM

The Business of Real Estate

Real Estate Technology and the Internet

Real Estate Technology, Social Media & Blogging

645 topics, 4913 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 12:21PM

Business Basics

Goals, Business Plans & Entities

836 topics, 7599 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 08:45PM

Real Estate Finance & Legal

Financial, Tax, and Legal

Tax, Legal Issues, Contracts, Self-Directed IRA

2806 topics, 20152 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 08:36PM

Property Insurance

312 topics, 2059 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 10:22AM

Personal Finance Discussion

330 topics, 2754 posts — Last Post 04/22/14, 12:06PM

Loans, Mortgages, Credit Lines

Private & Conventional Lending Discussion

2854 topics, 19852 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 09:30PM

Creative Real Estate Financing

1222 topics, 8875 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 10:28PM

Crowdfunding Real Estate

35 topics, 463 posts — Last Post 04/19/14, 06:24PM

Real Estate Professionals

Real Estate Professionals

Real Estate Agents

1219 topics, 8057 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 10:08PM

Bankers, Lenders, and Mortgage Brokers

442 topics, 1931 posts — Last Post 04/23/14, 09:04PM


268 topics, 1689 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 05:05PM

Local Real Estate

Local Real Estate

Local Real Estate Networking & Recommendations

2023 topics, 11777 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 09:52PM

Americans & International Real Estate

162 topics, 572 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 03:31AM

Foreigners Buying in the USA

62 topics, 409 posts — Last Post 04/10/14, 06:27AM

Canadian Real Estate

66 topics, 442 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 09:50PM


Real Estate Marketplace

Real Estate Marketplace

15102 topics, 54176 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 10:05PM

Real Estate Events and Happenings

169 topics, 2629 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 10:28PM


Off Topic


2909 topics, 32451 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 07:22PM

Housing News & Real Estate Market

923 topics, 8398 posts — Last Post 04/24/14, 09:05PM

BiggerPockets Real Estate Investing Summit

97 topics, 1752 posts — Last Post 04/23/14, 04:51AM

BiggerPockets Resources

Forums » Real Estate Deal Analysis and Advice » Need Help! Duplex Deal Evaluation and Section 8 Question

Need Help! Duplex Deal Evaluation and Section 8 Question

16 posts by 11 users


· Fresno, California

Sorry, this is long, but there's a lot going on here...

Tenant Issue/ Section 8 Question:

I'm in escrow on a duplex that I will live in one of the units on. I am still in my due diligince period, which ends on 11/26. The back unit is occupied by a long term tenant who has been there for 15 years. They currently pay $440, which is way below market rent. Market rent for that unit should be $750, it's a 2 bed/ 1 bath with a backyard. Under consent of the owner and agent, I met with the current tenant to discuss their plans and to collect a rental application and income verification from them. They currently struggle to pay the $440 a month. Because of this, I am led to believe their income is not very much. After reviewing their income, my assumptions are correct. As a family of five, their 2011 tax return shows about $14,000 gross income for the year. He is self-employeed with an insurance/securities company, so has no pay stubs as he is paid on commission. My assumption is that his income this year is even worse than his income last year, as he did not write in a current income amount on his application, but rather just gave me last years 1040.

My concern is this, there is no way he can afford $750, he can hardly afford $440 and his income proves this. If I follow through with this purchase I am basically signing up for an eviction. I know he is not going to be able to pay and I ask the family to leave, they likely will not be able to. Where would they go, since no one will let him sign a lease with that kind of income? Eviction is inevitable.

One way out of this I am thinking would be Section 8. Is it feasible to get them to go apply for section 8, list the unit as section 8 and then get them to rent under section 8. They seem to be great tenants and take care of the property, so no problem there, they just can't afford it. How would I go about doing this and how long would it take? I'm assuming it will take longer than I have before my inpspection period is over. Are there any requirements regarding the condition of the property for section 8. If I went this route and they qualified for section 8, we would sign a new rental agreement at the higher rent and I would also ask for a larger security depost than what is transferable to me from when they first moved in back in 1997, which was $200.

Or should I just leave it as is and once I take ownership of the property give him a 30 day notice, hope he complies and if he doesn't take it to an eviction?

The seller is giving me a $3,000 credit to deal with this tenant issue by the way. Not that I want to deal with it.

Deal Evaluation:

Purchase Price: $130,000
Gross Rents: $17,700 ($750 and $725 for each unit respectively)
Expenses: $8,500 (50%)
Repairs/Renovations: $10,000
20% Down at 3.5% APR for 30 years = Debt Service at $467.01
3.5% closing costs

Cash on Cash Return = 8% (not stellar)
Cash Flow per door = $135

This is obviously not a killer deal, but at least its better than throwing away $715 a month on rent in a one bedroom upstairs apartment which is what I'm currently doing.

Considering all... what do you guys think? Should I follow through with it and pull the trigger? Let me know if I forgot any details or if you have any question. This will be my wife and I's first rental property and home. We plan to purchase another multi-family property a year after this one.

Accountant · Kingwood, Texas

If you are emotionally prepared to evict if needed, then go for it. It seems the economics work and that you have thought this out adequately.

Real Estate Investor · Los Angeles, California

Don't take things too personal. People are having bad time, but business is business. Offer them 3 choices, First is move out. Second have them get selection 8. Third Raise the rent every few month with notice, till it reaches the $700 rent.

Hell, The second I heard my rent increase, I move out.

· Fresno, California

@Tom C.: I think I will be fine with the emotional aspect of it. It may be difficult since I will be living righ next door to them for a bit.

@Shuai Zeng: I will definitely offer them the choices, but I think it will inevitably turn into an eviction. He won't be able to move out. There will be no one who will lease him an apartment with his income. Unless we go section 8 of course. My concern with that would be, will section 8 allow someone who is already in the unit to go section 8 if they were not already section 8. Kind of an odd situation.

· Buford, Georgia

A quick call to the local Section 8 office may end this option. MANY areas are closed to new applicants for the time being.

I know it is tough but you probably need to prepare to evict or walk from this deal. Nothing wrong with either option.

Real Estate Investor · Garland, Texas

Perhaps offer cash for keys. Some moving money. They will find shelter. Relatives, church, homeless shelter placement worker, etc. Do some home work with them looking for housing together. Maybe give them 60 days.

Jon Klaus, SellPropertyFast
E-Mail: [email protected]
Telephone: 214-929-6545

Residential Real Estate Agent · Jacksonville, Florida

I second what @Jon Klaus said offer them some money to help them move. It may be uncomfortable for a little bit living next to them but it will be over in a relatively short period of time. It's never been a huge deal to me at my home. I have asked two people to leave so far and it's a little awkward but still amicable. I'm friendly but firm. Nice job getting the seller credit for it by the way.

The deal itself looks like a decent property since your going to be living in it. That makes all the difference I try to get a 25% cash on cash return for properties I finance but I wouldn't live in any of them personally. I live in a quad where my mortgage is covered and it has been great but it sounds like you'll be doing even better. It's a great way to get started.

· Colonial Heights, Virginia

Most areas the waiting list to get on section 8 is years.
My area with the 3 different offices it averages about 7 years.

Real Estate Investor · Northern, California

Does the current tenant have a lease with the the current property owner? If so, you may not be able to evict once you take ownership because the lease goes with the property. And the wait time to apply and get approved for Section 8 is often YEARS, so that plan isn't feasible at all.

· Fresno, California

@Kyle J. and @Ray H.: Good points on the time to get approved for Section 8. I guess that's probably out of the question....

There is a lease in place with the current property owner, however it is currently month to month, the last lease they have is from 2000. I assumed I can just put a new lease in place. Is this a bad assumption?

Real Estate Investor · Northern, California

If the current agreement is just month to month, then you could have the tenant sign a new lease for a higher amount (if they're willing). If not, you'll likely have to terminate the lease agreement and give the tenant notice to move once you own the property.

· Fresno, California

@Kyle J.: The problem is they are willing to sign an agreement at the higher amount, but according to their income I know they will not be able to afford it. If I have them sign it with my fingers crossed hoping they can pay, which he would have to get a full time job to be able to do that, then now I'm in an agreeement with him, albiet monthly, that may delay me getting him out sooner than later. I think I may have to go with your second option, unfortunately.

Commercial Real Estate Broker · Canton, Georgia

If a family of five has been there that long 2000 the place will likely need a total rehab to get rent ready.

If that's the case 10,000 repair will be higher for both units total if yours is not in excellent shape.

California is one of those tenant friendly states so you need to look at local landlord tenant law for rights of full lease versus month to month.

You can forget section 8 as that process takes forever and sometimes section 8 does not pay market rent for an area anyways.

The tenant might have much more income than what is being reported as self-employed. Many people write down or hide additional income than what is put on personal taxes.

Why not take an additional security deposit and go month to month with a higher amount?? It doesn't have to be right at the top of the market but much higher than what they are currently paying.

Small_allworldrealtyJoel Owens, All World Realty
E-Mail: [email protected]
Telephone: 678-779-2798
Website: 678-779-2798 [email protected]

Real Estate Investor · Northern, California

Originally posted by Joel Owens:
California is one of those tenant friendly states so you need to look at local landlord tenant law for rights of full lease versus month to month.

It'd be a 60-day notice since they've been in there for over one year.

Real Estate Investor · Michigan

I just had a tenant get Section 8. She was on the waiting list for over ten years.

It sounds like this guy needs a new job and/or a second and maybe a third job. Family of five in a 2/1? $14,000 income? These people have a major income crisis. Sounds like he needs to man up and start earning. The wife needs at least one job also.

I would explain to them in a nice way that you're not Santa Claus and things need to change. Show them what other places are renting for and explain that you need to stay competitive.

Commercial Real Estate Broker · Canton, Georgia

Well you know Rob it is getting close to Christmas! LOL Maybe the tenant is thinking the new landlord will give him his present early in the form of below market rent (sarcasm) .......................... : )

Small_allworldrealtyJoel Owens, All World Realty
E-Mail: [email protected]
Telephone: 678-779-2798
Website: 678-779-2798 [email protected]

Sign up