“We have no experience with this and would love some advice about it all”

section 8 rent
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“Dear PoPville,

My dear friend and I purchased a condo in Langdon to rent out. It’s a spacious, light-filled 3br, 1.5 ba, on two levels. It’s about 1 mile from the Rhode Island avenue metro in a quiet neighborhood three blocks from Langdon Park. We’re looking to rent it for $2200 and are finding the only folks interested in renting it are part of DC’s Housing Choice Voucher Program (aka section 8). We have no experience with this and would love some advice about it all.

Advice, comments?

The website says DC pays up to 70% of the rent, with the tenant paying the rest. I’ve heard stories of tenants not paying their portion, leaving the landlord in the lurch. As it’s extremely difficult to evict someone if any payment is being made, I’d like to hear of others’ experiences with renting to Section 8 voucher holders.”

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