If you would like information on becoming a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) landlord or if you have general questions, please review the Information for Landlords fact sheet below.
IF YOU ARE A CURRENT Housing Choice Voucher LANDLORD and are wanting to update rental information about your unit, change of address or phone number, or request extension of an inspection, please come into our office at 332 N. Riverview.
IF YOU WANT TO LIST YOUR PROPERTY The Housing Authority has partnered with www.Gosection8.com , which provides an enhanced program to list rental properties on line. Listings are available to potential Housing Choice Voucher tenants seeking apartment units, duplexes, single-family homes or townhomes in the private market. To update or add your rental listing by phone, please call GoSection8 toll free at 866-466-7328.
It is recommended that Landlords add photos to their listing for better advertising and faster lease up!
Inspection Extension Request for Client-Landlord
Landlord Bulletin - July 2013
What is the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program?
Section 8 is a choice-based approach to subsidized housing. The family may choose any type dwelling, as long as it meets Housing Quality Standards (HQS). The landlord retains private property rights, including management, tenant selection, and maintenance. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) determines the rules and regulations for the Section 8 HCV Program.
When a family has been determined eligible for assistance, they will receive a Voucher (Form HUD-52646). Then they begin their search for a suitable unit. Landlords may list their properties with the HCV program by going to GoSection8.
A family contacts owner/landlord to express interest in a listed property. The owner/landlord should ask to see the Voucher and check the expiration date, (found in upper right hand corner). If the date is current the applicant is eligible for assistance.
It is the responsibility of the owner/landlord to screen the family for suitability as a tenant. The Section 8 Office only verifies family income and composition. When the Section 8 Office receives the Request for Tenancy Approval (Form HUD-52517) the assumption will be made that the owner/landlord has screened and approved the applicant as a tenant.
After the owner/landlord approves the family, the family and landlord complete the Request for Tenancy Approval (Form HUD-52517) which the family should have. It must be completed in its entirety and signed. The Request for Tenancy Approval and the lease (if applicable) must be returned to the Section 8 office immediately. Section 8 staff will review the signed Request for Tenancy Approval and determine if the rent is affordable based on the family's income and if it is reasonable when compared to units in the private market (Rent Reasonableness).
Once Step 3 has been completed and the unit is determined affordable and meets Rent Reasonableness requirements, owner/landlord will receive a telephone call notifying of the inspection date and time. The landlord must be present at the time of inspection.
If the unit does not meet HQS requirements, owner/landlord will receive a list of repairs and a certain amount of time to make the repairs before re-inspection.
If the unit passes inspection, the Section 8 office will enter into a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Contract with the owner/landlord and the family will enter into a lease with the owner/landlord. After the contract and lease have been executed, the family may move into the unit.
The Fiscal Services Division of the Section 8 HCV Office will begin process payments to the owner/landlord for the Section 8 portion of the rent. The Section 8 Office will prorate the first month's contract rent payment according to the effective date of HAP contract and make all other payments in a timely manner.