Landlords overview

Interested in Becoming a Landlord?

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) The Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) is a federally funded program monitored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The program is administered by local public housing agencies and provides rental assistance to eligible low-income households to enable them to obtain decent, safe, and sanitary housing. The program pays a portion of the rent directly to the landlord and the assisted family is responsible for the remainder of the rent.

The role of the landlord in the voucher program is to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing to a tenant at a reasonable rent. The dwelling unit must pass the program’s housing quality standards and be maintained up to those standards as long as the owner receives housing assistance payments. In addition, the landlord is expected to provide the services agreed to as part of the lease signed with the tenant and the contract signed with the Housing Authority. The Housing Authority completes a rent reasonableness study on every unit before the initial leasing can take place and each time a rent increase is requested after the first initial lease term. This is done to ensure that the rent for your unit is reasonable compared to other similar units in the area.

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Property Owner Obligations

Listing a Rental unit

We will provide tenants with a listing of all available units as advertised on the Go Section 8 website. If an applicant is interested in your unit, they will contact you directly. You are responsible for conducting your own screening of the applicant. The potential applicant will then provide you with all the documents necessary to begin the process. If you would like to list your rental unit, please visit the Go Section 8 website to list your unit by clicking on the button below.

Inspection Process/Inspection Checklist

All units must pass a Housing Quality Standards inspection before the subsidy can start.  An information sheet about our Inspection Process and Inspection Checklist is available for you to use to prepare your unit for inspection.  For detailed information on inspection standards, review “A Good Place to Live” published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Learn more about HATC inspection checklist below.

FAIR HOUSING FOR ALL

The Housing Authority of Travis County (HATC) strives to reduce housing discrimination in all areas of housing

As a landlord, it is important for you to understand and implement fair housing to all families. You may find more information about housing and discrimination on HUD’s website under Fair Housing.

HATC is committed to providing services to accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities, including information on the availability of accessible units.  If landlords have accessible rental units, they should consider listing their units with the HATC and Go Section 8.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) website provides additional resources to landlords for review Visit Website.
Need information about your legal rights?  The Austin Tenant’s Council website offers information on many topics related to your rights and obligations. Visit Website

For additional questions, contact Director of Voucher Programs and Homeless Initiatives at 512-854-1883.

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