Landlord Obligations

Landlords are responsible for:

  • The Landlord must treat Section 8 renters as they would non-subsidized renters.
  • Screening and selection based on a participant’s tenancy history.
  • Compliance with equal opportunity requirements.
  • Compliance with the housing assistance payments (HAP) contract.
  • Normal landlord functions during the Lease term (e.g. maintenance, rent collection)
  • Enforcement of the lease for participants that are non-compliant. The Lease is between the Landlord and the participant, CHA is not a party to the lease.
  • Collect a damage deposit they deem appropriate
  • Compliance with the assisted lease.
  • Evictions are the responsibility of the Landlord in accordance with state and local laws.
  • Conduct periodic inspection of their units/properties to ensure that the participant is maintaining the unit in accordance with your Lease.
  • Damages to the unit are between the Landlord and participant. Landlords may charge participants for any participant caused damages.

  • Maintenance of the unit in accordance with housing quality standards.

The owner may consider a participant’s background regarding factors such as:

  • Payment of rent and utility bills.
  • Caring for rental units/premises. Respecting others’ rights to peaceful enjoyment of their housing.
  • Drug-related criminal activity or other criminal activity that is a threat to the life, safety or property of other.
  • Compliance with other essential conditions of tenancy.

When the Public Housing Authority (PHA) is responsible for denying or discontinuing assistance of a unit for occupancy by a Section 8 participant:

In accordance with 24 CFR, 982.306, CHA may disapprove an owner and/or cancel the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Contract for the following:

  • PHA must not approve an assisted tenancy if the PHA has been informed that the owner is debarred, suspended, or subject to a limited denial of participation.
  • The Federal government has instituted an administrative or judicial action against the owner for violation of the Fair Housing Act or other federal equal opportunity requirements, and such action is pending, or
  • A court or administrative agency has determined that the owner violated the Fair Housing Act or other federal equal opportunity requirements.
  • The owner has violated obligations under a HAP contract.
  • The owner has committed fraud, bribery or any other corrupt or criminal act in connection with any federal housing program.
  • The owner has engaged in any drug-related criminal activity or any violent criminal activity.
  • The owner has a history or practice of non-compliance with the HQS for units leased under the tenant-based programs.
  • The owner has a history or practice of failing to terminate tenancy of participants of units assisted under Section 8 or any other federally assisted housing program for activity engaged in by the participant, any member of the household, a guest or another person under the control of any member of the household that:
    • Threatens the right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises by other residents.
    • Threatens the health or safety of other residents, of employees of the PHA, or of owner employees or other persons engaged in management of the housing.
    • Who engages in drug-related criminal activity or violent criminal activity.
    • The owner has a history or practice of renting units that fail to meet State or local housing codes.
    • The owner has not paid state or local real estate taxes, fines or assessments.

The PHA must not approve a unit if the owner is the parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, sister, or brother of any member of the family, unless the PHA determines that approving the unit would provide reasonable accommodation for a family member who is a person with disabilities.

For further information download the landlord packet.

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