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Becoming a Landlord

How to Become a Housing Choice Voucher/

Section 8 Landlord:

  1. List your property with www.gosection8.com. Please be advised that listing your property with DETRHA does not guarantee a renter.​

  2. The landlord interviews, screens and selects a tenant.

  3. Once the landlord approves the tenant, the landlord and tenant completes the Request For Tenancy packet. All paperwork (including all required documents) is returned to the Housing Authority by both the family and the landlord at which time the Housing Specialist will determine if the family is eligibility for the unit.

  4. If the family is eligible for the unit DETCOG will schedule an inspection after DETCOG receives the completed paperwork from either the tenant or the landlord. If the tenant income qualifies for the unit, an inspection is scheduled within 7-15 working days.

  5. The tenant can not move into the unit until it passes initial inspection and all required paperwork is signed and approved, as DETCOG will not pay any rent for a unit until the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract is signed by both DETCOG and the landlord.

  6. In addition to the Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection, DETCOG will also conduct a rent reasonableness survey to determine if the requested rent amount is reasonable to comparable unassisted units in the same geographical area (DETCOG will not approve a rental amount that exceeds market rates).

  7. Once the unit passes the HQS inspection, the rent is deemed "reasonable" and the move-in date is established, the landlord and tenant sign the lease and provide a copy to DETRHA. All leases and HAP contracts for tenants moving from one assisted unit to another begin on the first day of the month following the date the unit passes HQS inspection; Leases and HAP contracts for tenants initially approved for housing assistance may begin the day the unit passes HQS inspection. LEASE MUST INCLUDE THE HUD TENANCY ADDENDUM HUD-52641-A. This Addendum MUST BE ATTACHED TO THE LEASE and initialed by both the landlord and tenant. 

  8. The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract will be prepared by DETCOG. Please note a payment will not be made until after both DETCOG and the landlord sign the HAP contract.

  9. The landlord and tenant will both be notified in writing regarding how much rent is to be paid by the tenant and how much will be paid by DETCOG on the family's behalf.

​      For more information, contact:

      Phone: (409) 381-5262

      Fax: (409) 384-5390

      E-mail: housing@detcog.org

 

What are my rights and responsibilities as a landlord?

Landlords have the same rights and responsibilities in the Housing Choice Voucher program as they have with any open market renter, including:

  • Maintain your property in good condition.

  • Complete all necessary repairs within a reasonable amount of time upon request by the Housing Authority or tenant, including all 24 hours emergency items. The amount of time that is considered reasonable depends upon the nature of the problem. Usually 30 days or any approved extension by the Housing Authority.

  • Set reasonable rules about the use of unit and common areas.

  • Except for emergencies or tenant's requested repairs, do not enter a unit without tenant's permission and/or proper notice.

  • Collect appropriate security deposit as directed under the program and use it only in accordance with local and state law.

  • Comply with equal housing opportunity requirements.

  • Enforce tenant obligations under your dwelling lease (be fair, firm and consistent)

  • Take action through the Court system in order to evict a tenant when they violate the lease (no self-help evictions tactics).

 

For more information, contact:

      Phone: (409) 384-5704

      Fax: (409) 382-1572

      E-mail: housing@detcog.org