The Benefits of Renting a Government Subsidized Apartment

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The Benefits of Renting a Government Subsidized Apartment

Staff Writer · Jun 14, 2010

Renting a government subsidized apartment offers several benefits. Not only do those receiving benefits pay less rent, but they are also somewhat protected against noncompliant or exploitative landlord. Explained below are a few of the many benefits tenants of subsidized apartments could experience.

Resources for Claims of Violations

In 1968 the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) established the Fair Housing Act, which prevents discrimination in the sale, rental or financing of a residence due to the tenant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap or familial status. Claims of violations of these rules are prosecuted by the HUD. Residents in government subsidized housing may have a stronger claim that is quickly resolved because of the relationship between the landlord and the government. The government never wants to appear as though they are engaging in discrimination, meaning that they may take any claims more seriously and act accordingly.

Better Maintenance

Because of the contract with the government to operate as a government subsidized apartment or complex, a tenant may receive better response to maintenance requests or possibly better overall upkeep. Furthermore, certain local housing authorities may make scheduled or even surprise investigations of the government subsidized apartments, forcing the landlord to keep the property continuously repaired.

Fewer Excuses

Undoubtedly, the government will pay its bills on time. This means that a landlord will not be able to rely on non-payment of rents as an excuse for things not being fixed or being kept in a bad state. Because a landlord will be timely paid, they will have the funds to make necessary repairs, a fact that the tenant will be aware of. This will give tenants better footing to have repair notices taken more seriously.

Security in Residence

While a government subsidized apartment or building is not necessarily rent controlled, because the government is involved in the landlord-tenant relationship there is less chance for the landlord to increase the rent an outrageous amount or engage in practices aimed to bring about the tenant’s eviction. Basically, the tenant is provided with a level of security not found in apartments that are not government-subsidized. A tenant of a subsidized apartment will have a certain level of security in their residence because the government will always be notified of and involved in any claimed problems and their resolution.

Priority in Acceptance

If a landlord is already within the subsidy program or agrees to abide by the program’s rules, the tenant may receive priority in being chosen for the available apartment. This is because the landlord will be assured of receiving a majority of the rent on-time, which is not guaranteed when the apartment is rented to a tenant not participating in the government program. This is especially beneficial in a tight rental market where several individuals or families may be applying for the same apartment at the same time.

While subsidized apartments may be difficult to find, there are many benefits of residing in such an apartment in addition to the lower rent. If you already are a member of the program or are considering becoming one, always stay in contact with your local housing authority to make maximum use of these benefits.

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