Q:What are the requirements for my unit to be rented to an assisted family?
A: The unit must meet HUD Housing Quality Standards and the rent must be fall within HUD Fair Market Rents and market rate comparables.
Q:How do I make a unit available to certificate and voucher holders?
A: You may call the Section 8 office at 254-3886 ext. 235 to have the unit posted on our list of available units. You may also advertise in the newspaper with the phrase "will accept Section 8." Our families look for those listings.
Q:Who pays the rent?
A: The tenant pays 30% of his/her monthly income less utilities toward the rent. You collect the tenant's portion of the rent from the tenant. The CHA pays the assistance (difference between the tenant rent and the contracted rent amount) directly to you.
Q:Can I collect a security deposit?
A: Yes, you may collect whatever you normally charge, up to a full month's rent. You cannot charge an assisted tenant more than you charge an unassisted tenant.
Q: What is the term of the lease and contract?
A: After one year, the term is open-ended as long as the tenant remains eligible and the unit is maintained to Housing Quality Standards. The tenant may vacate with 30-day notice after the first year; however, the landlord must have good cause to terminate the lease and evict the tenant.
Q: What do I do when a certificate or voucher holder is interested in my unit?
A: Here are the steps to follow:
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