I have a condo rented to a section 8 tenant. A few weeks back, I got a letter from Housing Authority stating her Section 8 program would be terminated in two months due to violations. I have no idea what the termination was. We are still within the first year's contract. So what should I do next? Should I sign a new contract just between her and I? I am sure she cannot afford it all by herself. But do I have to wait until she fails the payments for eviction? Please advice. Thanks.
You need to contact her and ask her about what her plans are now that she is no longer in the program. I would give her the option of moving out by then end date of her program to more affordable housing or paying the rent in full on her own.
Make sure you make it very clear that she will be responsible for the FULL amount of rent due on the due date once the program terminates. The minute she doesn't pay rent, issue whatever notices you are legally obligated to hand her and file for eviction right away. Do not work with her afterwards.
I would send a letter explaining that you have been notified that her S8 benefits have been terminated and you expect her to vacate after at the end of the payments. Inform her of her right to a premoveout inspection IAW Ca. law in the same letter.
You are going to have to get behind this and push to make sure your tenant is out on time. This tenant has violations that got her kicked off the Sec 8 program. This is a bad sign right there. Does your tenant have credit? If you want the truth about what happened you will not get it from your tenant. Make it clear now that there is a firm move out deadline and make sure your tenant is progressing toward meeting it. Be prepared for an eviction. Any amount of time you allow the tenant to stay beyond the termination date will be out of your pocket.
Will section 8 give you a clue as to what the violations are? Do an inspection. Talk to the tenant. Ask her to go, she can't afford the place on her own. Most evictions are due to nonpayment of rent. You should not have waited the few weeks you have. Move on this as soon as the rent is late.