What is a Housing Choice Voucher Landlord?
The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) increases affordable housing choices for very low-income households by allowing families to choose privately-owned rental housing. The HCVP 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 Landlord in the Housing Choice Voucher Program?
LMH issues vouchers to income-qualified participants, who selects the home they wish to rent. If the participant selected home meets the Housing Quality Standards (HQS), LMH pays a portion of the rent directly to the landlord.
A landlord may contact our office to meet prospective tenants that have been issued vouchers and are ready to rent, or they may advertise that they accept the housing choice voucher for a prospective tenant to contact them.
For information about available units participating in the housing choice voucher program, go to https://www.gosection8.com.
Landlords should qualify the prospective tenant through their own rental screening process first. LMH only verifies voucher holders as income-qualified for the HCVP. Once the landlord has approved the prospective tenant via their rental screening process, the prospective tenant will provide the landlord with a Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA).
After the RFTA is returned to our office, we will:
- Verify the real estate taxes are current on the selected property (taxes cannot be delinquent)
- Contact you to schedule a HQS inspection (unit qualifications are defined in the Landlord Guidebook)
Your rental home will be determined ready for lease up once:
- The home has passed HQS inspection
- Proposed rent has been determined reasonable (a rent survey will be conducted to determine if your requested rent is reasonable for the home and the area)
- Family has qualified for the unit within their voucher allowance (family size and income)
- A representative from LMH will contact you once the above steps have been satisfied and to authorize the move in date. The family must not move in prior to LMH's authorization.
- A Housing Assistance Payments Contract (known as a HAP Contract) must be signed by the landlord and LMH. This contract runs concurrently with the landlord's 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 upon request.