5711 Sonoma Ridge Available for Rent in Missouri City

by Ankit.Mohan 29, February 2016 03:09

Ashoka Lion Rental Property Management Houston has a new property available for rent at 5711 Sonoma Ridge.

 

If you are looking to rent a property in Houston, then you should definitely check this Lion Real Estate Group house available for rent. 

Tenant in process of moving out and make ready to begin. Showings between 9 am and 7 pm and one hour notice required. Rare 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2 car garage in the beautiful Sienna Plantation community. You and your family will enjoy a large and luxurious home, while also having access to the incredible water park pool area and great schools. And all for an affordable price. Come see it today!

 When choosing a home to rent, you may want to consider what kind of retail and restaurants are nearby.  Check out the Walkscore for 5711 Sonoma Ridge

 Ashoka Lion Rental Property Management Houston has been in business since 2006. We assist rental property seekers move in, search for a suitable property and get all the documents processed.

 

If you are looking to apply to this property, visit our prospective tenant page.

 Ashoka Lion and The Lion Real Estate Group look forward to helping you find a home to rent for in Houston  area. 

Coming Soon 20835 Bonham Park Ln. For Rent in Houston

by chandra.dubey 9, April 2015 07:06

Ashoka Lion Rental Property Management Houston will soon have a new property available for rent at 20835 Bonham Park Ln.


If you are looking to rent a property in Houston, then you should definitely check this Lion Real Estate Group house available for rent.


 

Beautiful 3 bedroom/2 bath house for rent in the Kenswick Forest subdivision in Humble, Texas! This house features high ceilings, a fenced backyard, covered patio and spacious open living/kitchen area. The kitchen opens up to the living room which gives the home a cozy feel. All bedrooms are upstairs. The master bedroom has its own attached bathroom.


When choosing a home to rent, you may want to consider what kind of retail and restaurants are nearby.  Check out the Walkscore for 20835 Bonham Park Ln.


Ashoka Lion Rental Property Management Houston has been in business since 2006. We assist rental property seekers move in, search for a suitable property and get all the documents processed.


If you are looking to apply to this property, visit our prospective tenant page.


Ashoka Lion and The Lion Real Estate Group look forward to helping you find a home to rent for in Houston area.

Coming Soon 20102 Big Timber Dr. For Rent in Houston

by chandra.dubey 9, April 2015 06:11

Ashoka Lion Rental Property Management Houston will soon have a new property available for rent at 20102 Big Timber Dr


If you are looking to rent a property in Houston, then you should definitely check this Lion Real Estate Group house available for rent.


4 Bedroom/2 bathroom 1906 square ft home for rent located in the Atascocita North Subdivision. This home is on a corner lot and has great curb appeal! Residents will enjoy features such as high ceilings, ceramic tile flooring, wood burning fireplace and a covered patio in the backyard. This house has a great layout and is great for entertaining!


When choosing a home to rent, you may want to consider what kind of retail and restaurants are nearby.  Check out the Walkscore for 20102 Big Timber Dr.


Ashoka Lion Rental Property Management Houston has been in business since 2006. We assist rental property seekers move in, search for a suitable property and get all the documents processed.


If you are looking to apply to this property, visit our prospective tenant page.


Ashoka Lion and The Lion Real Estate Group look forward to helping you find a home to rent for in Houston area.

Philly Tenant scammed by landlord

by Mirania 7, November 2012 15:47

Rental Scams have become a common phenomenon these days with several tenants falling victims to apartment rental scams or a fake landlord scams every other day. Recently, I came across a news report at myfoxphilly.com that speaks of an unscrupulous landlord who has duped several prospective tenants by luring them to sign false rental agreement for the same property. The prospective tenants have claimed paying thousands of dollars to the landlord as security deposits that he did not pay back for a house. (Click here for the full story)

In order to avoid rental scams, tenants should be careful and follow certain measures to avoid such scams.  The number of rental scams is multiplying by leaps and bounds in real estate market. This article would focus on few guidelines that a tenant should follow in order to avoid getting scammed by dishonest landlords.

1) Read your documents: Never pay a security deposit before signing the rental agreement. If you have rented before, you can hopefully recognize some of the features of your standard lease (name of landlord, payment terms, late fee, rules,etc), and you should inspect your documentation to see if it looks legitimate.

2) Check out the property in person:  Checking out the rental property if you can; because you may never get back your money if you are duped.  If you drive by the property, then you can see if there is a rental sign in front of the property. You can see if number matches the online advertisement contact numbers.  Please note that licensed real estate agents can also cooperatively show the property for other brokerages, so if the numbers do not match; you may need to investigate who the person marketing is and what there relationship is. It is okay to use a agent to help you see homes and it is a common practice, but you just need to make sure that you understand that relationship early in the propcess. Also, another advantage of checking out a rental property in person is you maybe able to check with the people in the neighborhood to confirm who owns the property or situation.

3) Check if property ownership information matches online:  Ensure that the property you are renting is a legitimate rental property. The increasing number of foreclosures has encouraged the scammers to rent out properties that do not belong to them. Thus, before renting a house, spare a moment to do investigate if the landlord who is talking to you is the name of the owner in the county records. 

You can use this kind of research to identify irregularities, if any.  The online records may indicate a ownership by the bank is the owners, and this may mean that the landlord no longer owns the home. 

4) If it sounds too good to be true,then it probably is:  It is not an easy task to identify a rental scam.  Often times, we as consumers or tenants get attracted to the astounding offers, attractive prices, and great deals that we open ourselves up to being fooled by the scammers.  One way to check is google the address to see if the listing comes up under as being listed by any agents or brokerages.  You can check the local real estate agents or real estate brokerage site or real estate association sites to verify information about the agent or listing. 

Things you maybe able to determine by doing some research:

  • Is the property is listed on other sites for different prices?   Scammers love to list property for well below market price to entice people to work with them.
  • Is the property listed as a short sale, pre-foreclosure sale?  Scammer love to look for property where people may have vacated home and use that to help perpetrate their scams.  In the case of this landlord in Philly, you may find out that the bank has listed the property for sale or short sale, and the owner or former owner did not have the right to lease it out again.
  • Does the contact information differ? Sometimes scammers will look up information to make it seem like it maybe the owner directly marketing it. They will create fake email addresses that are similar but not exact.  It maybe that the scammers are find their potential target properties by scanning other real estate listing and co-opting them for their purposes.

These are few important tips for tenants so that they can avoid being scammed. Therefore, as future tenants you should always be vigilant to avoid scammers and keep these guidelines in mind next time you look out for a rental property. It also helps to work with licensed real estate brokerages and property managers as they are governed and monitored by state regulatory agencies, so it does provide some  level of comfort that you are working with legitimate parties.

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Psycho: Norman Bates was evil, but Marion Crane was no saint either.

by jay.raman@ashokalion.com 7, October 2012 15:40

As a child, I had a strong appreciation for Alfred Hitchcock's brand of horror. It was chilling, but subtle. Psycho was a prime example of the brilliance of the gifted Alfred Hitchcock. However, as I was reviewing this movie for our Ashoka Lion Facebook list of horror movies for property managers; I realized that Marion Crane (played by Janet Leigh) was no angel herself. If you recall, Marion had embezzled $40,000 from her employer, and this is why she was hiding at the motel. Unfortunately for Marion, she met her untimely death in one of the most famous murder scenese in cinematic history (the bathroom scene in Psycho is a all time classic moment).

As a property manager, I am obviously scared of knife weilding lunatics; but Marion's crime is equally as scary for a property manager. As a licensed Texas real estate brokerage in both the Houston and Dallas markets, we are bound by ethical and legal obligations of fiduciary duty to our clients.  Marion's crime could devestate a firm like ours if that money stolen was the client's rent money.  Our duty as a property managers includes safekeeping of the client's rent monies collected, insuring appropriate disbursement of funds to vendors, and keeping record of income and expenses. This is a duty that our firm takes very seriously, as we want to limit mistakes and issues from ever arising. It would be nice to claim mistakes would never occur, but this would be foolish, as humans are bound to make mistakes. The key is to reduce those occurences. Our processes and procedures are sometimes unique from other property management firms. For example:

 

  • Rent is not to be mailed to our offices in Houston or Dallas.   Many firms do allow tenants tenants to mail in payment, but our property management policy is to disallow this. Over the years, tenants will claim that the rent is lost in the mail, and they did send it In fact, tenants will go so far as to show receipts from money orders,etc to prove this. These kinds of issues can be dealt with at a eviction hearing, but today, some judges will have sympathy for the clients who provide some kind of documentary proof. The burden is on the landlord to prove that the rent was not paid at that point.
  • Property managers do not pick up rents.   We do not pick up rents from tenants. A few years ago, one of our property managers had her purse stolen after leaving a property. Reprimanding the property manager does not solve any issues, and a landlord may have sympathy to our plight, but they expect their money to be remitted to them. Fortunately, this crime only resulted in the loss of a few hundred dollars of rent, and reimbursing the owner for that loss was not dramatic. However, that lesson taught to my property management team has stuck with us to this day. Our rent collection process does not involve picking up rents either.
  • Double entry accounting of money on two systems: We maintain our records of our bank accounts on Quickbooks for our internal records, but we also maintain our owners and tenant records on a web based system as well. By utilizing the two systems, we are able to identify issues more quickly as we use different staff to handle each system's entries.
  • Match Bills to Work Orders: To pay bills of nonutility nature, our accounting staff is required to upload invoices to an appropriate work order. If they cannot locate the work order or the work order amounts do not match, the back office staff will assign a review to clarify and approve the bill.
  • Person who organizes payments is not person entering bills: Our staff divides the role of uploading bills and paying bills to two different persons. Occassionally, our office will get a bill that we missed or some how the system was not working, and our managing director will sign off on the overriding the control. This separation of duties further insures that bills are paid as appropriate and reduces risk of a employee embezzling the funds.
  • Person who organizes and sign off on payments does not perform the reconcilation of the bank account.  Our managing director approves payments if they do not follow our process procedure and he is the only signer on the account , but another member of our back office team does the reconciliation of the various property management accounts (escrow owner reserve, accounts, escrow deposit accounts, etc). This separation of duty further reduces risk that a fraudulent act could occur.

Marion Crane may have been victim to a insane man living in a creepy house with his deceased mother, but her crimes against her employer scare property management firms like ours almost as much as Norman Bates (played by Anthony Perkins).

 

 

Tips to Resolve Landlord -Tenant Dispute

by jay.raman@ashokalion.com 29, July 2012 21:19

Landlord-tenant disputes are a common phenomenon in a renting process.  Being a landlord is not an easy task and your duty and responsibility does not start and end at collecting rent from your tenants every month. Similarly, the duty and responsibility of a tenant is not limited to paying rent on time. Both landlords and tenants should be accustomed to landlord and tenant laws so as to avoid future disputes.

Renting out your property to an eligible tenant who will take proper care of your property is the most challenging task for you as a landlord. Using land lord tools and resources are not always sufficient to trace out a responsible tenant. There are several landlords and property management companies in Dallas and Houston who are successful in their business because they know the skill of keeping great tenants to make the most out of their rental property.

The basic reasons behind landlord-tenant disputes are as follows:

  • Hike in rent
  • Ignoring repairs
  • Non-payment of security deposit and
  • Violation of the rental agreement


There can be several reasons behind a landlord-tenant dispute but such disputes can be resolved promptly through mutual discussion and understanding rather than approaching the law. In fact, litigation should be your last choice when the circumstances are escalating beyond your control. Both landlords and tenants should follow certain common guidelines to stay away from legal tribulations.

  • Be aware of your rights as well as responsibilities.
  • Abide by the federal, state and local law.
  • Ensure that the terms and conditions are precisely stated in the rental agreement.
  • Make sure that you read all the terms and conditions mentioned in the rental agreement before signing it.
  • Both landlord and tenant should keep a copy of the rental agreement with them for future reference.
  • Always maintain written record of repairs request and keep copies of receipts of payments


As a responsible landlord or property management company, you should abide by the following guidelines:

  • Utilize a strong, legally compliant rental agreement.
  • Conduct a background check of the prospective tenant.
  • Do a reference check by calling up the previous landlords.
  • Insure the property is up to property code
  • Be prepared to do preventative maintenance and periodic maintenance on the property and appliances.
  • Document payments and conversations to provide accurate notes of issues
  • Understand your obligations as a landlord under the Texas Property Code and local ordinances


Legal obligations are quite daunting that can lead you to pay a substantial amount of money in court fees, legal cost, and time. Therefore, knowing the law and abiding by it helps both landlords and tenants to steer clear of unpleasant conflicts thus avoiding costly landlord-tenant conflicts.

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Tips to Dealing with Difficult Tenants

by jay.raman@ashokalion.com 25, July 2012 22:56

'A tenant slashes his landlord across the stomach when the latter got into an argument with his tenant while collecting the rent’.

You may have come across such threatening stories about violent situations occuring between tenants and their landlord. Not all tenants behave this way, but obviously, landlords sometimes face aggressive situations or difficult situation with their residents. 

As Investment Property Managers, we often come across landlords in Houston and Dallas facing the problem of evicting difficult tenants. Our eviction team has handled several eviction hearings and has assisted several distressed owners in Houston and Dallas to carry out the eviction process smoothly. The following tips would help you to deal with or avoid hostile tenants:

It goes without saying that proper background checks (criminal, eviction, and credit) and reference checks are highly essential before renting out your property to a new tenant. You should be assured that you are leasing your unit to a responsible and qualified person who will not be a threat to you or his neighbors. It is imperative to conduct proper screening of your prospective tenants before leasing your property to prevent all future calamities.  Often times,  prospective landlords will feel our criteria as their property management company are too difficult and strict, but our goal is to reduce risk that a tenant who may not be a quality individual obtains the keys.  Many owners do not realize that a eviction is a prolonged process that can cause a lot of heart ache and anger, and therefore preventitive measures in screening are preferable to having to deal with evicting a tenant.

Once a tenant has moved in, the steps to follow include:

Inform the tenant:
The first step is to inform your tenant that he/ she is violating the terms and conditions mentioned in the lease. Ideally, they should be informed over the phone and this conversation should be followed by a letter along with the copy of the lease. Don’t forget to highlight the violation in the rental agreement.

Settlement with a tenant: Foreclosures through out America have forced many banks work to remove occupants of a property through settlement (Cash for Keys) programs. This is done to avoid the scenario escalating with prolonged legal issues and reducing property damage. If you believe that the tenant will move out with minimal issue, then you may want to negotiate a relet fee or way to obtain your property with minimal.

Notice For Eviction Process:
If a phone call does not work as a reminder, then you may have to initiate the eviction procedures. For example, if your tenant has not bothered about paying the rent, then provide them a notice to vacate giving him/her appropriate notice to pay the rent or vacate the house (these terms are governed by your lease and state law) by certified mail.

Let the law handle the eviction:  If you feel unsafe during the proceeding, then let the legal process play out and stay away from your property during the eviction process.  Often times, you can file a  “Writ of Possession” after the eviction period,  if you are unsure that the tenant has vacated the premises, and a Sherriff can accompany you to the property to gain access. Do not try to circumvent the process by illegally locking the tenant out, cutting of utilities,etc, as it is both illegal and will only escalate the hostility.

Know your legal obligations: The best way to deal with violent tenants is to know the law of the land and to be aware of the terms mentioned in the lease. While making a rental agreement ensure that it specifies the time when the tenant should pay the rent, additional late fees and activities that are not allowed in the unit.  You should know if working with a tenant for a minimal payment may negate the eviction proceeding.

The following video cites a horrifying incident about a violent tenant who bit off one of the fingers of his landlord after an argument.  Being a landlord does not always have to end in violence or negative situations, but it is something to understand that it can be difficult.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lI-WiotRN5o

Importance of Screening Tenants

by Mirania 31, May 2012 19:52

Proper screening of your tenants is the most important factor for renting out your house as it helps eliminate tenant problems significantly. As a landlord, you should always ensure that you are renting out your property to an eligible and responsible tenant.

We often come across various landlords in Dallas and Houston who have been facing tenant problems because of their ignorance about the tenant screening process. As investment property managers, we always advise our clients to do proper screening of the prospective tenants before leasing the property to them. Screening tenants is important as it saves you from imminent troubles by reducing the threat of possible loss of income from nonpaying tenants and tenants who may not care for yoru property. Moreover, it also protects you from all legal hassles. as the eviction process in Houston and Dallas for example can take up to a month and have additional court fees.  

If you are starting out in property investment and planning to rent out your property, we hope that these tips would help you conduct careful screening of your tenants to eliminate all potential tenant related risks.

  1. Rental Application: The first step is to make your potential tenant fill out a rental application so that you have complete information about the tenant for verification. Rental applications help you to make the right decision for renting out your property. Once you get the rental application from the potential tenant, you should review it properly and trace out if there is any inconsistency in the application.

  2. Ask for Identification:  The prospective tenant should also provide you with valid identification details such as a copy of a Social Security card or drivers license. These details should be provided along with the rental application. Please, remember that when you take these documents that you have obligations to safeguard these documents as a property manager or a landlord. You should have proper storage and document retention policies in place.

  3. Do background checks: The next important step is to conduct a background check. As a landlord or property management company, you should take all possible measures to perform a background check of your tenants. This helps you to ascertain that you are renting out your property to a qualified tenant. While doing a background check keep the following factors in your mind:
    • Call the present landlord to know about the potential tenants.  You can find out if tenants have a habit of paying late, have a balance, or take care of the property
    • Do a proper analysis of their employment details. Make sure you figure out if their take home pay is enough to cover rent and other obligations.
    • You should also ensure that the prospective tenant does not have any criminal history that will put the property or community at risk.
    • You should verify with employers to make sure that the tenants are presently employed.

  4. Check the credit history of the prospective tenant: Credit checks of potential tenants are equally essential to safeguard your interests as a landlord.  Credit reports can help you determine if the prospective tenants will pay on time.  Please note that tenants in today’s economic situations do have issues, so you may have to do a further analysis including putting more weight on rental history. 
  5. Get an eviction check done:  This is another important stage of tenant screening process. Past records of an eviction indicate that the tenant has the habit of skipping rent-payment. It also indicates that he or she might not leave your rental property if you experience any issue related to rent payment and other relevant issues.

  6. Utilize a strong rental agreement: It is imperative for you to create a rental agreement that should lucidly explain the terms and conditions of renting out a property along with the code of conduct. The rental agreement should be properly read to understand the duties as well as the responsibilities of the tenant as well as the landlord. The lease agreement should be duly signed by both parties  (or a duly appointed property management representative). If you used license realtors or licensed property management firms, then they should have access to well drafted and legally binding leases that are consistent with the landlord and tenant laws of your state. Your prospective tenants should know exactly what is expected of them. If they balk at a well drafted lease or terms, then this could be warning signs that you could have issues in the future.

These tips will help you ward off difficult tenants, and help to ensure that landlords and property management companies get the best tenant for a rental property.

Survive and thrive by "Going Green and Going Mobile".

by jay.raman@ashokalion.com 22, March 2011 14:49

Today, our economy is facing a double whammy in that we have weak economic data and we also see further cutbacks in governmental support.  For Ashoka Lion, this is just another feather in our cap for thriving and improving our firm's property management services during these difficult times. Since 2008, the real estate market has been in a tail spin, and most economic indicators indicate that it will continue to be weak market for forseeable future. Investors cannot get lending to buy investment property, and so it limits the potential pool of real estate investors that are buying in the Houston and Dallas markets.

Our property management firm saw the writing on the wall, and we decided to reposition our value proposition in this real estate market. Instead of cutting back and shriveling up  to wait out these economic times, Ashoka Lion has expanded our property management service offering every year.

Since 2006, here is a list of improvements that we now offer real estate investors and tenants:

  • Online Rental Owner Portals with financial reporting including income statement, balance sheet, and rent roll
  • Online tenant portals with tenant statements
  • Online document storage of leases
  • Online rent payment option for tenants
  • Online rental owner disbursements
  • Electronic calendars accessible by Mobile phones for property managers
  • Property managers telecommute into our property management system
  • Voice Over IP Phones routed to property managers
  • Electronic disbursements of Vendor Payments for services done for properties
  • Tenants can provide us written notice of repairs or move outs via our online portal
  • Property repair Work Orders are emailed to Vendors
  • Digital approval of Estimates and Documentsby Rental Owners
  • Use of Electronic Signature Programs for Leases
  • Tenants can now pay rents over the phone
  • Mobile friendly riders to Text to get information about Listing and Vacant Properties
  • QR Bar Codes on sign riders to get information about Listing and Vacant Properties
  • Vendors were instructed to fax or email over invoice versus mailing us paper invoices
  • Online rent application for our properties that can be found at www.LionRealEstate.com
  • Providing tenants a letter of top energy saving ideas to reduce down electricity usage
  • Our website's "Green Lifestyle" Section 
  • Expanded our property management operations to the Dallas, Texas area
  • And More!

Do you see a pattern in our improvements? Yes, our property management firm focused on being "Green" and mobile.   We decided that we could not build a business in the traditional mode to server our property management clients in the Houston and Dallas markets, and so we tailored our property management business to be built on a mobile platform that reduces down as much waste as we can.  In Houston,  our property management team got rid of our former office space near downtown Houston.  We shifted to mobile platform that agents  and property managers access from home or  on their mobile phones. This saves us in cost related to overhead for rent, storage space,etc. In addition, our property managers do not waste time driving to the office to do their work,  and so they are generally happier with the arrangement. Our business structure allows us to save in several ways that benefit our bottom line, but these improvements have also benefited our company in our goal to be one of the "greenest" management companies in the property management industry. Our tremendous financial savings also translated to environmental benefits including:

  • mileage lost to commuting to office
  • paper consumption printing invoices to store in paper files
  • paper printing for leases
  • mileage spent driving to collect rent

In fact in 2010, Ashoka Lion was selected as one of the top case studies by our digitial contract and document approval vendor (http://bit.ly/fnzaa0 ).  I know that our property management team is not perfect, but we are trying to improve our property management services for our rental property owners by relying on state of the art technology to maximize efficiencies and reduce our carbon footprint.  We could have waited to be a late adopter to technology or try to do business in a more traditional manner, but these difficult economic times requires us to think in new bold ways; if we want to thrive. If the old adage is that "the early bird catches the worm", then isn't it easier to catch the worm if you are mobile and nimble?

 

Navigating the maze that is known as Section 8 or Government Housing

by jay.raman@ashokalion.com 11, January 2011 17:39

Today, Ashoka Lion has been working with several property owners to help assist them fill a vacancy. These owners were open to the Section 8 housing program tenants, and we have located tenants to fill those vacancies. The Section 8 or Government Housing Program is a huge program that provides subsidized rent for hundreds of thousands of tenants a year. When we work with the tenants, we have to not only lease the property to them, but we must help get all paperwork for these governement housing programs on behalf of the owner and provide the housing officials all the appropriate documents.

The typical housing packet submission requires a general warranty deed, copy of the rental owner's drivers license, copy social security, and a signed w-9 form to prove the owner's identity and mailing address. In addition to these documents, the assistance packet provided to the tenant must also be filled out. In addition, you must examine the voucher as the packet of information is commonly called to insure that all the appropriate signatures have been obtained. A packet missing a signature will not be allowed to be submitted to the housing department if the intake personnel notices any missing items. Though this is a good thing, it can also be extremely painful, when they try to tell you that a w-9 filled out by a owner in 2009 is not valid for submission with a packet being submitted in 2011, even though the owner's information has not changed. Another painful rejection that we have encountered is that they try to require that the w-9 be in original ink, which is very difficult to get in a timely manner from owners who are not in state owners in the Houston or Dallas areas.

After wading through the paper intensive submission process, the housing authority will call to setup a inspection of the property that we submitted the packet. The inspection will consist of a variety of issues from requiring that all the utilities be on for the inspection, insuring appliances are present at the property (even if landlord is not providing them), and having a person over the age of 18 present for the inspection. Ashoka Lion requests that tenants be present at the property for the inspecction, but if not, we will be at the property if given proper notice of when a inspector will arrive.

After the inspection is passed, the landlord will have to now sign the lease that was partially filled out (housing usually keeps the effective date blank) till it is determined after the inspection. Additionally, if our property management submitted the lease with a rent amount and this rental amount is not accepted; then Housing Authority will request our property management team adjust lease to the acceptable rent by the housing authority (assuming the landlord is okay with this approved amount). After this is submitted, a contract is then mailed to our rental owner to sign with the contracted amount, and period of the initial lease (usually one year). This contract must be signed and submitted to housing to process the paperwork.

It is important to keep copies of all documents submitted.  It has been our experience that the Housing authority will not accept a fully completed packet, but if they do not locate the paperwork will try to blame the property manager for missing documents. How can a document be missing if the Housing Authorities intake personnel are not allowed to accept partially completed voucher packets?  In our property management team's experience, this usually has to do with the housing authority misplacing these document and then deferring blame to the property manager.  Also, it is important to make sure your prospective tenants provides you a case worker to contact to insure that the paperwork is moving along in a timely manner. We try to email correspondence to show a time stamp with our communications just in case it is argued that we were not making good faith attempts to resolve matters.

The entire process of submission to payment can often take 60 to 90 day for a check to be issued. Even with our history, it is always fun to hear a prospective tenant tell me interesting facts like "Housing will pay you in 2 weeks" or "Housing will allow me to pay more then the stated rent". If Housing were to allow you to pay more rent, then why would they subsidize your rent for the amount that they will? Tenants rarely have a answer to that question.

Working with the Housing Authority is like working with any large entity (slow and often times confusing), however the rewards to owners can be a steady stream of rental income. As long as the owner is comfortable with slower delay at the begining of the contract, as well periodic inspection spurring repairs; then the Housing authority does provide a steady stream of rent for owners. In this day and age, the certainty of rent may trump the discomfort with the process of dealing with a large organization with tons of red tape.