If the owner corrects the problems, you can keep your Section 8. The owner can bill you for the cost of repairs and can evict you if you do not repay him/her. If you are evicted, you can lose your Section 8.
The various inspections that the Housing Authority performs include:
You will find more information on Housing Quality Standards (HQS), including inspection checklists and requirements on the Housing and Urban Development website. Please review the Housing Authority Inspection Checklist and make necessary repairs before the Housing Authority inspects the unit.
Keep closets and other storage areas free of all clutter and trash; Make sure that all dishes are clean and safely stored when not in use. Maintain the refrigerator of the unit clean and free of spoiled food. Defrost the freezer when necessary. Keep the bathroom exhaust fan --if any-- free of dust and particles. Maintain a clean toilet and tank, and keep the tub and/or shower clean and free of mildew and mold.
You can use a part of your unit for storage purposes, as long as the stored articles are kept in containers which are arranged in an organized and safe manner and that your unit is not cluttered and littered with trash. You should be able to move through your unit. Exits and escape routes must not be blocked.
Yes. All Section 8 program applicants, participants are entitled to an informal appeal and review process to consider whether Housing Authority decisions are in accordance with HUD regulations and Housing Authority policies.
There are three different types of reviews and hearings. The specific review or hearing available to you depends on the nature of the complaint. The three procedures are: Tenant Counseling, Informal Review, and Informal Hearing.
September 15, 2000. More information can be found here.
Units where children under age six live and which were built before January 1, 1978. 0 bedroom and 1 bedroom units where children are not expected to live, and units certified to be lead free are exempt from the requirements.
All painted surfaces - interior, exterior and common areas servicing the unit.
Check the HUD website for the most current information regarding lead, and:
You should write the owner a letter and send a copy of it to your Section 8 Housing Specialist (HS). You should allow the owner 30 days to correct the problems. If there is an immediate threat to your health and safety, you should immediately notify the owner and your HS by telephone and allow the owner 24 hours to make the repairs. You may want to send a follow up letter to the owner. Remember to send a copy of the letter to your HS as well.
: If the problems are not corrected, you should contact your Section 8 HS and ask for an inspection. The Housing Inspector will document the problems and notify the owner to correct them.
The Housing Authority will automatically re-inspect the unit. If the owner fails to correct the problems, the Housing Authority will stop paying the landlord. The owner will not receive any Housing Assistance Payments until the repairs have been made and verified by a Housing Authority Inspector. However, you must still keep paying your portion of the rent so that you are still meeting the terms of the lease. The Housing Authority’s abatement of the unit should not lead to an eviction.
Your Section 8 HS may give you a new voucher to find another unit. Your Section 8 HS will end the Contract after notifying you and the owner.
In order to receive Section 8 assistance, you must live a unit which is decent, safe and sanitary. You will have up to 120 days to find new housing. If you do not find housing within 120 days, and the unit still does not pass inspection, you will lose your Section 8.
A security deposit is any payment, fee, deposit, or charge other than the first month’s rent that a tenant pays when he/she moves in. Deposits such as cleaning fees, key deposits, pet deposits, and “last month’s rent” are all security deposits. A security deposit cannot exceed 2 months rent for an unfurnished unit or 3 months rent for a furnished unit. It is illegal for any security deposit to be called “non-refundable.” A landlord may increase a security deposit only by giving a written 30 day notice to the tenant in advance. An increase in the security deposit may not be allowed by the terms of a lease, or by law (if the owner has already collected the maximum allowed by law).
If the unit is sold, the landlord must either return the security deposit to the tenant or transfer it to the new owner. If neither of these is done, then both the old and new owner are held responsible for the return of the deposit.
A security deposit can be used to make up for unpaid rent when a tenant moves, for repair of damages to the unit, and for cleaning the unit if the unit is not left as clean as when the tenant moved in. It may not be used for repair due to ordinary wear and tear.
A security deposit must be returned within 3 weeks after the tenant moves. If the landlord makes any deductions from a security deposit, he must provide a written statement describing the deductions and refund the balance. If the owner refuses to return a security deposit in bad faith, a tenant can sue in small claims court for the amount of money that should have been refunded plus $600 in damages. If a tenant disagrees with the deductions made, the tenant should contact the landlord. A tenant can sue the owner for the balance not returned in small claims court.
Yes. You must be a Section 8 tenant in good standing and have lived in your unit for one year.
You must send a written request to your assigned HS.
That depends on whether your income verifications are up to date and on how many other Section 8 participants have requested to move. However, if your landlord asks you to move, submit a copy of the 30 or 90-day notice, or court paper (such as an unlawful detainer) to your HS along with your written request to move. That will speed up the process.
The Housing Authority will initially give you 60 days to find a new unit. If you are unable to find suitable housing within that timeframe you can request an additional 60 days for a total of 120 days... However, if your landlord has given you a notice to move, then you may be in danger of eviction at the end of the notice period.
No. You must follow the steps below:
You can only move one time in any 12-month period.
Yes. At the time of an annual or complaint inspection, you and the owner are notified in writing of the repairs to be made. The HA does not determine who is responsible for correcting the fail items. Failure to correct the problems in a timely manner can result in termination of assistance.
If you fail to correct the problems, you will lose your Section 8.
Yes. You are responsible for repairing the stove and refrigerator if they belong to you. You are also responsible for utilities if your lease says you are responsible for them. If you don’t pay your gas and electric bills and they are turned off, you can lose your Section 8.
Yes, the Housing Authority can terminate your Section 8 rental assistance.
The Housing Authority can terminate rental assistance for the following reasons:
The Section 8 Family Obligations are HUD rules for continuing participation in the Section 8 Voucher rental assistance program. There are on your Housing Choice Voucher.
Yes, you have the right to an Informal Hearing to present facts to support why your Section 8 should not be terminated.
Yes, you will be allowed to re-apply for the Section 8 Program if we are taking applications. You will be placed on a waiting list. Persons added to the waiting list now can expect a long wait for assisted housing. When your name comes up on the list, the Housing Authority will make a thorough review of your prior termination and determine whether you can be admitted to the Section 8 Program under the rules in effect at that time.