The Section 8 Landlord Application and tenants
There really is no Section 8 landlord application as such, unless someone is referring the Housing Assistance Payment Contract. This is what the landlord signs as an agreement with the housing authority before they are able to accept the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher.
Can I apply for SNAP and Section 8 at the same time? No. You have to apply for SNAP online at the official USDA website. They are two separate programs.
You can find more information on Section 8 applications, Section 8 landlords and how to get involved in low income housing with the Section 8 and Subsidized Housing Online Packet.
A Section 8 landlord can discover the benefits of participating in subsidized or affordable housing programs, and they can also list their properties for free on this site.
The Section 8 and Subsidized Housing Online Packet is provided by a private entity and has no affiliation with HUD or the Federal government.
What is a Section 8 landlord?
A Section 8 landlord is someone that has had the necessary inspections by their local housing authority and has been approved to accept the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher.
Public Housing - Live in an apartment complex owned by a housing authority and pay only 30% of your monthly adjusted income for rent.
Section 8 Housing - Find your own apartment and pay only 30% of your monthly adjusted income for rent. Section 8 pays the rest.
Although some states do require that landlords accept Section 8 tenants, a landlord does not have to accept every Section 8 tenant. A Section 8 tenant is still subject to the same qualifying standards as non-Section 8 tenants.
The Section 8 office conducts a very basic background check on all Section 8 applicants. Their screening focuses on a tenant’s income level, which will not be the biggest concern for you, as the majority of the rent will be paid by the Public Housing Agency.
You should always conduct the same background and credit check that you conduct on all tenants on Section 8 tenants. This can help you uncover alarming issues, such as criminal history. It will also show you the tenant’s previous addresses so you can see if the tenant moves on a frequent basis.
You should also get the names and addresses of the tenant’s previous Section 8 landlords. Contacting these Section 8 landlords can give you insight into the way the tenant lives.
Were they a clean, respectful tenant who adhered to the lease agreement or were they a destructive, problem tenant who the landlord constantly had issues with?
How do I know if I qualify for Section 8
You must be of low income and a United States citizen to enter the Section 8 lottery. Most Housing Authorities give special preferences to those already living in their city and state. However, you can still complete these applications but you will be required to move to that city or state when your name comes up on the waiting list. You may also be required to come in for an interview.
Keep reading and learning more about section 8 and how to find an application and apply for Section 8.
How to do I Become a Section 8 landlord?
Step #1 –
Review the Section 8 Landlord Information Packet to determine if you want to be a Section 8 Landlord. Please review rent
amounts to make sure they are within the amount you will charge. Payment Standards -
the amounts listed at the top of the
page are the maximum amounts Section 8 can pay providing the landlord pays all utilities. If tenant is paying utilities, the
landlord must subtract each corresponding amount from the chart from the maximum amount listed at the top of the page.
The amount left after sub
traction is complete is the maximum amount that can be charged. All rent amounts are subject to a
rent reasonableness determination.
Step #2 –
The PHA's advertising form is found in the Landlord Information Packet. You may fill it out and fax i
t, mail it, or drop it off. Our
staff will put the ad in a 3
-ring binder located in our front lobby. Another place we recommend advertising is
Step #3 –
Find a Tenant
Review the applications you receive and find a tenant with a Section 8 voucher you want to rent to. Section 8 strongly
you do your own screening as the Section 8 eligibility determination is primarily based on income eligibility.
Step #4 –
If the Section 8 client is eligible to move, they will have a Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA) form for you to fill out. Fill out
the form completely and send in to the client's caseworker. Once the caseworker receives the completed form, they will
complete internal processes and get the form to the Inspections Department. The Inspections Department will call you to
schedule your inspection. They usually call you within 3 business days of your form being turned in, and the inspection is
usually scheduled 7
-10 days from the date called.
Step #5 –
Before the inspection, please review the list of Most Common Deficiencies found in the Information Packet. After the
if the unit did not pass, you will receive a letter with a
list of de
ficiencies to correct before a re
-inspection. A failed
inspection letter will either have a date/time for the re
-inspection, or a phone number to call to schedule the re
you don’t get a fail letter within 5 days the unit likely passed and yo
u can call 651
-5087 to confirm that it passed.
Step #6 –
– lease & contract, tenancy addendum, proof of ownership
The start date of the lease must match the start date of the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract. The term of the lease
must provide auto
-renewal after initial term. It m
ust be clear which utilities tenant and landlord will pay. The Section 8
Addendum MUST be a part of the lease. The ONLY two forms of Proof of Ownership the PHA will accept are a Ramsey
County Property Tax Record or a Copy of the Deed/Contract for Deed, which must be registered with
Step #7 –
n 8 receives all documentation, your tenant’s caseworker will process the file for payment. Section 8 payments are
typically mailed the 1
of each month –
if the 1
falls on a holiday or weekend, they are mailed the following business day. If
the file do
es not make the end of the month deadline, Section 8 also does a mid
-month check run on the 15
of the month.
Deadlines for the end/mid month check runs vary by month; if you have questions about when your payment will be mailed
please contact Section 8.