Anytime you walk into a housing authority and ask them if there’s a list you can add your property to for Section 8 tenants, they’re going to point you to GoSection8.com.
Go Section 8 isn’t a government-run website, but the government uses it like it is.
While you don’t need to advertise your properties on Go Section 8 to find tenants with housing choice vouchers, it doesn’t hurt you to do so. Basic listings are completely free.
Additionally, if housing authorities are recommending that landlords list their properties on Go Section 8, they’re probably recommending that tenants search there too.
It can be overwhelming to think about learning a new website’s organization system; that’s why we’ve prepared a step-by-step list that you can use to post a listing on the website. Read through to the end for some extra tips!
How to Add Listings to Go Section 8
- Go to www.GoSection8.com.
- Add your credentials.
- Already have an account? Click sign in and type in your credentials.
- Don’t have an account? Click on the green “list your property” button in the top right corner and fill out the information. It will ask you two basic questions about whether you’ve rented to section 8 tenants before and how many units you own. Answer honestly.
- Start Creating the Listing.
- Once you get to the Dashboard, click the green “add a new listing” button towards the left on your screen.
- Add the Property Location.
- Add basic information about your property like the address, community name and unit number.
- Press the yellow next button in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen to move on when you’re done, you cannot proceed forward by clicking anywhere else.
- Fill in the Details.
- Add relevant information like price, deposit and whether you’re looking for section 8 tenants.
- Have a strong description ready to input on this screen.
- Press the yellow next button in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen to move on to your unit features.
- Include the Unit Features. (This screen is much more involved.)
- Be ready with information about your unit’s accessibility for people with disabilities, which utilities you pay for and which utilities your tenant will pay for and more.
- You will also need specific information about each of the utilities, like what fuel is used for heating and cooking or if the property uses the public sewer or a septic tank.
- We highly suggest you press the yellow “add photos” button on the bottom right-hand side of your screen. Photos add a personal touch to listings that can really sell potential tenants. However, you do have the option to skip the photos, in which case, you’re done!
Tips and Tricks for Go Section 8
There are two types of memberships on the Go Section 8 website: free and premium. Use these tips to make your free membership feel like it’s premium. Or use them to make sure you’re using your premium membership to its full advantage.
Always Include Photos
When a tenant logs on to the Go Section 8 website, they search for the city they’re interested in living in. Once they search, they see all of the options and, more importantly, the main photo that landlords uploaded for the property without even having to click on the property.
Tenants know their budgets, but they want the nicest thing in their budget, and they don’t have the time to every eligible property posted.
Tenants probably won’t even waste a click on all of the properties.
Photos go a long way for tenants looking to pick the right property. They can easily scan them on the left-hand side of the page. When you don’t have a photo up, it signifies that you have something to hide about your apartment. So, your property will likely be one of the ones the tenant skips, if that’s the case.
Of course, you can rent a property without a photo, but that’s a lot easier in a seller’s market than in a buyer’s market.
Check Your Emails
Go Section 8 will send you emails with the names of people who have seen your property on their website. They’ll charge you for contact info, but more importantly, you can see the budget that the people seeing your property have.
If the people searching for your property have a higher budget than what you’re asking for, you’ll know you can raise your prices. However, if you’re not getting a lot of phone calls, you figure out if you’ve priced your property too high by seeing people’s budgets.
For example, you might be asking for $1,100. In the email, you might notice that only a small percentage of the people searching in your area have a budget of $1,100 or more and the majority have a budget of $1,000. By lowering your price, you appeal to a wider range of tenants and, thus, you’re not wasting money on an empty property.
What’s cool about using this feature is that you know by exactly how much you need to lower your price to appeal to a greater percentage of the population, which can save you from setting your price too low or losing valuable time by not lowering it enough.
Check Out Your Competitors
Look at competing apartments on the website. You can see photos and discover what types of amenities you’re competing with. It might drive you to increase or decrease what you’re asking for rent or make improvements to your unit to compete.