HUD funding is used to subsidize rent payments for low-income tenants. States and local government public housing authorities need your participation in helping deserving families find safe and decent housing. You can be one of the landlords benefiting from the Housing Choice Voucher Program formerly known as Section 8 Housing.
License your home as an approved rental unit through your local county licensing board. Your home must be licensed before you can apply as a landlord to the local public housing authority.
Schedule an appointment with your local public housing authority for your unit to be inspected. According to HUD, “Housing Quality Standards (HQS) are established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to guarantee a basic level of health and safety for all units leased under the Housing Choice Voucher. The inspector’s primary concern is that the unit is decent, safe and sanitary. The inspector will walk through each room and verify that smoke alarms work, toilets flush and appliances are functioning. Heating and air conditioning systems are checked along with electrical outlets. The inspector will make sure the number of bedrooms is correct and that the rent is appropriate for the unit size. Any safety hazards are noted along with defects or deterioration such as peeling paint.”
Advertise your vacancy. You can place an ad in your local paper and include the phrase “Section 8 is OK.” Alternatively, your local public housing authority may provide a hotline phone number where you can enter your available listing.
Screen your tenants carefully. You are responsible for this task. The application process should include asking about their rental payment history and any drug-related or other criminal activity.
Submit all required paperwork to your local public housing authority for approval.