Section 8 - How to properly screen

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Hello BP Folks! Wanted to bring up the topic of section 8 potential applicants.

I have a 3 family in Hartford, CT that was recently updated in an area where section 8 applicants are common. I have the typical rental application form that includes, occupation, income, # of people, references, pets, etc. 

Are you allowed to ask or include in the application if the applicant is section 8? 

Also what other questions are good to ask? 

Is the 3:1 monthly income to rental rule enough to reject a section 8 applicant? 

Any shared tips, stories, experience will be much appreciated!

 

Section 8 in my opinion is a blessing. Section 8 does a lot of the vetting for you because they have tons of rules and regulations that the tenants are required to meet in order to continue living in the home. If you can get on the good side of the housing authority in your area, they will work with you and everything will go great. 

Originally posted by @Calvin Ozanick :

Section 8 in my opinion is a blessing. Section 8 does a lot of the vetting for you because they have tons of rules and regulations that the tenants are required to meet in order to continue living in the home. If you can get on the good side of the housing authority in your area, they will work with you and everything will go great. 

Thanks Calvin! The property, and units have been recently updated so i see no issues with qualifying. I just am hesitant to go this route as this is my first rental property.

 

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