Rental Counseling

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This program will help potential renters know what to look for before they sign a lease and when they decide to move later.

Topics that will be covered:

  • Overview (Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program)
  • Tenant Right
  • Fair Housing
  • Renting vs. Buying
  • Financial Assessment to determine Rental Affordability
  • Fees, Deposit, Credit Report, Criminal Background Check and Rental Insurance
  • Application Process and Lease
  • Move in / Move out process
  • Tips for Tenants before signing a Lease
    • Is it a legally binding document
    • Read the lease before signing
    • Ask about any penalties that apply if you break a lease
    • Don't sign a lease with blank spaces
    • All legal parties responsible for paying rent need to sign the lease
    • Get the name, address, and phone number of the individual, company, landlord who manages the property
    • Negotiate for provisions to be added or deleted. Tenant and landlord should initial all changes
    • Ask for a signed copy of the lease
    • When the lease has been broken the tenant will have some liability and may owe some money

"Appointments only for Non-Section 8 clients"
Call Deborah Tate 337-721-4030