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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wait List Opening for Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale #HACFL

Section 8 #HACFL Opens their Wait List.

The #HACFL is opening their Section 8 or Plan Ocho waiting list as it plans to have a lottery to add 1,000 names to its backlog for the rental-assistance vouchers, which are paid for by HUD.

The application forms are only available via Sunday's Sun Sentinel and Thursday's Westside Gazette and Saturday's El Sentinel. The form copy is available at The form has to be mailed in. NO EXCEPTIONS.


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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Section 8 Voucher Wait List Openings in Morris NJ & Carmel, NY

The Housing Authority of the County of Morris, Morristown, New Jersey and Putnam County Housing Corporation, Carmel, New York announced the opening of their Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Waiting Lists. Details of each application process are given below:

  • The Housing Authority of the County of Morris, Morristown New Jersey
  • The Putnam County Housing Corporation PCHC Carmel, New York
    • Priority will be given to those below 30% of area median income
    • Applications are available to the public at
    • Applications must be mailed to:
        P.O. Box 1559
        Carmel, New York 10512
    • All applications must be submitted between May 1, 2012 and May 15, 2012.
    • All qualified applicants will be placed in a lottery to be held Friday, June 1, 2012.
    • Only seven hundred and fifty (750) applicants will be drawn in random order and assigned a waiting list number.
    • For mor info. goto More Information about PCHC's Wait List Lottery.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Section 8 Waiting List Openings in North East Missouri

The North East Community Action Corp. ( which manages HUD's Section 8 or Plan 8 program for 12 Northeast, Missouri counties announced they will begin accepting Section 8 waiting list applications this month.

Here is a link to: Missouri County Map which provides a list of counties and management office zones for HUD's Section 8 Voucher Program. NECAC headquarter's is in Bowling Green, MO and number 13 on the map's office listings.

NECAC announced it will begin taking applications again this month for the federally funded vouchers. Applicants for the program, must sign up in NECAC county service centers. No start or finish dates have been specified.

For information about the Section 8 rental assistance program, please contact (573) 324-2055 or the Service Center in your county.

Below is the list of the counties NECAC manages for HUD's Section 8 Voucher Program:

  • Lewis, Lincoln, Macon
  • Marion, Monroe, Montgomery
  • Pike, Ralls, Randolph
  • Shelby, St. Charles, Warren

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Florida's Hurricane Season and FEMA's Hurricane Preparedness Widget

Florida's Hurricane Season

One of the biggest pains being a real estate investor in Florida is getting prepared for Hurricane Season. Due to the amount of work, we wait to the last minute before placing the hurricane shutters onto our rental property's windows.

As a result of waiting, problems are going to arise like:


  • Going to Home Depot.
  • Gathering Supplies, if available like:
    • Make sure you buy gloves PLEASE. I can't count the times we have been hurt just because we don't have gloves on.
    • Sun Block, Hats, Sunglasses, etc. Florida SUN is brutal. I find that the weather is beautiful just before the storm arrives. Sort of like "The calm before the storm."
    • Buy Wasp spray! As you are installing shutters on the second floor of your investment property you will find out why you need the spray! The EASY way or the HARD way.
    • A SPEED tool that allows you to secure the screws or wing nuts onto the shutter. You will thank me later!
    • Ladders of various sizes. Buy at least one that adjusts to 40 feet made out of fiberglass, NOT ALUMINUM. Why? Hint: High tension electrical cables.
    • Chain Saw and gas for cutting tree branches away from the property and for use after the storm.
  • Waiting in long checkout lines.
  • Loading tools and supplies onto your vehicle. Like getting your ladders onto the truck.
  • Driving to the property! OK for local properties but what if the asset is in another county? At one point I had several properties in Sarasota, Broward, Miami Beach and Miami-Dade.
  • Traffic – People getting out of the storm's path.
  • Finding HELP! Try installing these shutters alone! Now try it on 15 other properties. See what I mean.

You are going to work harder than you ever did before. You' ll be so tired that you want the storm to blow away your portfolio of rental properties so you won't have to ever do this again.

At last the second, the storm veer's and never arrives.

You see how crazy it can get?

Oh, by the way, if for some reason you didn't get the shutters up on time and there is damage as a result of the storm, the insurance company will not pay. Just thought I would mention that!

FEMA Hurricane Preparedness Widget

One of the reason I was inspired to write this post, I found a little widget from FEMA that provides you information about getting prepared for the hurricane season or any other disaster. I have installed this widget on all my sites to help my readers make informed decisions. See the widget sample below.

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Top 20 Most Common Reasons Why Units Fail
Section 8 Inspections.

One of your hats that you wear as a real estate investor is being a landlord. As a landlord, your job is to maintain the properties and keep them rented.

Keeping your properties fully occupied throughout the year increases your cash flow and provides a better return on your investment ROI but can be a difficult task! The longer a Unit remains unoccupied the less ROI landlords are going to have.

Below are several channels available to landlords to find qualified tenants:

  • Retail Market - Newspapers, Word of Mouth, Church, For Rent Signs on property, internet, etc...
  • Multiple Listing Service MLS - Database Realtors use to find rental properties for their clients
  • Section 8, Plan Ocho, Sec 8, Plan Eight, Plan 8, Section Eight - Government subsidized rental payment plan.

The more channels you have, the greater possibility of finding a qualified tenant for your unit. SPEED is essential for success. Any delay will hurt ROI.

Section 8 will eliminate a lot of the drawbacks of being a landlord but you have to follow HUD's guidelines to be successful.

One part of the guidelines is the unit or property must pass an interior and exterior inspection. If you fail the inspection, more delays and your ROI will be affected. Being prepared for the inspection will help make the rental transaction a smooth process.

From my experience with Section 8, below is a list of items that will fail a HUD inspection:

  1. Smoke alarms missing or not working.
  2. Lack of ventilation in bathroom.
  3. Outlet covers missing or broken.
  4. Infestation by bugs or vermin.
  5. Absence of handrails where 4 or more consecutive steps.
  6. Utilities disconnected (must be connected).
  7. Hazards (i.e. tripping as a result of floor covering or exposed electrical wiring.
  8. One window in each room must open and have a screen.
  9. Chipping paint on the outside of the building – gutters, outside surfaces of building.
  10. Hazardous hole or trash in the yard.
  11. Door not sealed properly (light can be seen coming through).
  12. No hot or cold running water.
  13. All windows must have sash cords or balancers and must stay in the open position without assistance.
  14. All ceilings must be at least 7 feet in height in areas used for living, sleeping, etc….
  15. All steps to landing or basements have handrails.
  16. Baths without windows must have power fan or gravity vents in high rise buildings.
  17. Open electrical distribution box must be covered with appropriate cover.
  18. Windows in bedroom too small and will not qualify as areas for sleeping.
  19. Security bars (rejas) can’t be opened from the interior will not be allowed to remain.
  20. All bedrooms must have a built in closet.
I provided pictures of potential failure points below. Can you identify what would cause a failed inspection item?

Click on each image to view a larger photo!

Section Failure Item Gap between Ground and House

Section Failure Item Chipped Paint

Section Failure Item Ceiling Stain

Section Failure Item Door Jam

Section Failure Item Water Heater Drain Pipe

Section Failure Item Circuit Breaker

Section Failure Item Rejas Door Lock
Have you any experience with Section 8 inspections? Share them with US!

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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Miami-Dade Public Housing Agency MDPHA schedules meeting for Section 8 Landlords

Since REIC's blog discusses Section 8 or Plan Ocho in Miami-Dade County, I thought this news item should be posted. The budget for the US (United States) has gone through some serious cost cutting. HUD's Section Eight or Plan 8 will not be exempt from the reduction of funding. Section 8 landlords that have Section 8 HCV tenants or future landlords considering Section Eight, this meeting is vital for you to attend. I am SURE all the changes to the HUD' Sec. 8 program will be discussed by the Miami-Dade Housing Authority staff. Below is the meeting information:

"The Executive Director of MDPHA invites all owners and landlords with Section 8 (HCV) tenants to meet with him and his staff to discuss the HUD Financial Outlook and Changes. The changes impact: Payment Standards, Rent Reasonableness and Rent Increases.

Date: September 15, 2011
Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Location: Port of Miami - 1015 N America Way to Terminal J Miami, FL 33132.
Security will require all owners and landlords to have registered for the meeting or they will not be able to gain access. You will also need to have a photo ID.
RSVP: September 6, 2011
Fax: 305-629-1032
Phone: 305-403-3222

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