Frequently Asked Questions for LandlordsQ: How Do I List My Property with the HCV/ Section 8 Program?
A: Landlords are able to submit their listing on www.gosection8.com for free. Tenants will be provided a listing upon receiving a voucher to move.
Q: Who qualifies and picks my tenant?
A: You must do your own tenant screening and test for suitability.
Q: How Much Can I Rent My Unit For?
A: The HATC has Payment Standards by bedroom size that are guidelines for determining the maximum subsidy we can pay for a family. The Payment Standard is generally 100% of the current Fair Market Rates for Travis County. However, each unit is evaluated by the Inspector on a case-by-case basis. Each unit's rent must be reasonable and comparable to unassisted private market rental units of similar size, location, amenities, quality, unit type, maintenance, utilities and services.
Q: Who Pays the Security Deposit?
A: All tenants are responsible for their own Security Deposit pursuant to State and local laws.
Q: What Happens After I Find A Tenant?
A: Once you have identified an acceptable HCV/ Section 8 Participant, complete the Request for Tenancy Approval form & package that the tenant provides. Once those documents are received in our office, a Housing Inspector will contact you to schedule an inspection of the unit. The lease may begin once the inspection is completed with a “passed” status.
Q: What Will The Inspector Be Looking For?
A: The Housing Inspector will be checking to see whether the unit is in compliance with Housing Quality Standards (HQS). These are minimum standards that any unit rented under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program must meet.
Q: Can I Use My Own Lease?
A: You are free to use your own lease. However, HUD regulations require that the HUD Tenancy Addendum be attached to an owner provided lease. If the owner's lease contradicts anything in the HUD Tenancy Addendum, the HUD addendum shall prevail.
Q: When Can I Expect My First Check?
A: After we have executed the Lease and Housing Assistance Payments Contract and the owner has provided the HATC with proof of legal ownership, the contract is processed for payment. Generally, the first check takes approximately two weeks to 30 days. After the first payment is generated, subsequent checks are sent on the first of each month but no later than the 5th.
Q: Who Do I Call If I have a Question or Problem with the Tenancy?
A: Each tenant is assigned a Housing Specialist. The Housing Specialist handles any matters concerning the family's income or household composition and payments.
Q: Is My Unit Inspected After The Initial Inspection?
A: Yes. The HATC must inspect all participant units annually. This is generally done near the contract anniversary date. In addition, in the case of an emergency or complaint by the owner or tenant, a special inspection will be conducted.
Q: Can I Cancel the Contract If I'm Not Satisfied?
A: No. Only the HATC can cancel the Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) Contract. An owner is free to terminate a lease agreement pursuant to the terms of the lease and applicable local law. Once the Lease agreement ends, the HAP Contract terminates automatically. The owner is free to initiate eviction proceedings should be necessary. However, you must notify HATC immediately of any eviction proceedings.
Q: How Long Can I Rent To A Section 8 Family?
A: The initial lease term is for one year. After the initial term, the lease continues on a month-to-month basis indefinitely so long as HUD continues to provide the appropriations needed to fund the HCV/ Section 8 Program and the family wishes to continue residency. You may choose to sign another year lease with the tenant or continue with the terms of the initial lease.
Q. How do I inform the Housing Authority of a change in property ownership?
A. The owner must contact the Housing Authority prior to the sale of the property and provide the name and address of new property owner. The new owner must submit a written request for reassignment of the HAP Contract, along with proof of change of ownership.