Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Problems with Section 8

Looks like I spoke too soon when I said that the Section 8 inspector hasn't made my life a living hell.

I don't think that I'm on the guy's bad side, but I just got the letter about this year's required fixes. The list isn't pretty, including:

  • Replace visible wiring in the basement (the wiring hasn't changed since I've received a CO).

  • Remove an unused natural gas pipe in the basement. (What? This has also been there for years.)

  • Scrape and repaint porch, and all visible wood outside. (It really just needs patching, not a full scrape/repaint).

There are a few other requests, but the rest are understandable. I'm trying to get in touch with the inspector to see why all of the sudden he found things that have been there for years.

I will let you know what happens.


Pete said...

Are these issues that maybe are "deferred maintenance"? In otherwords, is the inspector worried you aren't keeping it up well enough?
The exposed wiring does seem like an issue, perhaps it was overlooked in the past.
For the gas pipe - is it capped? You should be able to cap it, and have that OK'd (hopefully). I've had issues with gas lines which are not terminated too (i.e. could open the switch and gas just goes into the basement).

The Landlord said...

Sometimes people find things because they are expected to find things. If an inspector kept coming back and reporting that everything was fine, it might not look as good to his superiors. But when he can give a list of (relatively) minor fixes everytime, it looks like he's doing his job.

Not saying that's what's happening here, but it's a possibility.

The Absent Minded Landlord said...

This is why I don't deal with the double-edge sword that is Section 8. I have enough crap with "normal" tenants.