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What is a Housing Choice Voucher Landlord?
TheHousing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program increases affordable housing choices for very low-income households by allowing families to choose privately-owned rental housing. The HCV Program creates a three-way partnership between the local housing authority, the participating family and the owner/landlord of the private rental property.
What is the process to become a Housing Choice Voucher Landlord?
Through the HCV Program, SAHA issues a voucher to an income-qualified participant, who then finds a unit to rent. If the unit meets the Housing Quality Standards (HQS), SAHA pays a portion to the rent directly to the landlord. The following sections show the steps to landlord participation:
When the family has found a housing unit that is satisfactory, they must negotiate a residential lease with the landlord. To do this, the landlord must first agree to participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. The rent for the unit must be reasonable, according to area comparables. If the landlord agrees to participate in the program and to lease their unit, the landlord and family should conduct a joint inspection of the unit to determine its current condition.
The landlord must meet the lease requirements as set by SAHA and complete the documents given to the family, which include the following:
- Request for Tenancy Approval
- Tenancy Addendum
- Owners Certification
- Management agreement if applicable
- Lead Based Paint disclosure statement
- Request for taxpayer identification and certification (Form W-9) from the IRS
- Three copies of the residential lease agreement (the lease must not have the beginning or ending dates nor the contract rent amount filled in)
The family will return these documents to our office where they will be reviewed and approved.
If all is in order, an inspection of the rental unit will be conducted within 5-10 business days. If the unit meets Housing Quality Standards (HQS), set by federal regulations and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and SAHA and the owner have agreed on a monthly contract rent amount, the lease will be approved.The family may move in once the unit has passed inspection and their current lease has expired.
A Housing Assistance Payments Contract (known as a HAP Contract) must be signed by the Landlord and SAHA. This contract runs concurrently with the Lease Agreement signed between the landlord and the assisted family. Payment of the family’s portion of rent will begin on the effective date of the contract and lease. A family can remain on the Housing Choice Voucher Program as long as they continue to be eligible and fulfill their obligations under the federal regulations of the program.
Landlord Handbook: The Landlord Handbook is intended to provide guidance to landlords on the Housing Choice Voucher Program's guidelines, the Request for Tenancy Approval process, and the Inspection process.
The Landlord Handbook is available through this link.
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For more information, contact:
Phone: (210) 477-6205
Fax: (210) 477-6206
SAHA does not maintain a property listing database. Landlords may submit their listings of available units through the free service offered by http://www.gosection8.com. This service allows tenants, landlords and SAHA to easily access information on available units. For an additional fee, landlords may upload pictures of their available properties.