Landlord Information

WHAT IS SECTION 8 RENTAL ASSISTANCE?

Section 8 Rental Assistance (or Housing Choice Vouchers) provides assistance to low income families to rent units in the private rental market. Eligible families generally pay 30% of their adjusted gross income towards their rent and utilities while the Housing Authority subsidizes the remaining balance to the property owner.

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR SECTION 8?

Family types eligible for Section 8 include:

  • Families with children
  • Families whose head, spouse or sole member is at least 62 years of age
  • Families whose head, spouse or sole member is a person with disabilities
  • Displaced or homeless persons

All families must meet certain income guidelines for eligibility. (See Income Limits)

 

AS A LANDLORD, WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN THE SECTION 8 PROGRAM?

  • Background checks are performed on each voucher holder prior to issuance
  • Tenants must maintain a clean, safe unit as a condition of assistance
  • Housing Assistance Payments guarantee at least partial rent payments each month
  • No advertising costs to fill vacant units


WHAT STEPS ARE NECESSARY FOR A VOUCHER HOLDER TO RENT MY UNIT?

The first step is to complete the Request for Tenancy Approval form. This form provides the Housing Authority with information about the unit including the proposed rent amount and utility information.

 

After determining if the unit is appropriate for the size of the family and the rent and utilities fit the current Payment Standards, the Housing

Authority will make arrangements to inspect the unit.

 

The unit is inspected for Housing Quality Standards. A letter is then mailed to the landlord indicating any repair items needed. A final inspection is conducted after all items have been completed.

 

Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) begin upon receipt of the lease agreement between the tenant and landlord.

 

LEASE AND HAP CONTRACT

After the initial one-year lease term, a lease may be renewed for a specified time period (i.e., month-to-month, six months, etc.). If the landlord and tenant choose to renew the lease, an annual re-certification of the tenant and unit are conducted by the Housing Authority. The landlord may adjust the rent amount at the time of re-certification.

 

A Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) Contract is signed by the landlord at the initial term of the lease and at the time of each re-certification. The Contract states the terms of the lease and notes the portion of rent to be paid by the Housing Authority.

 

WHAT ARE PAYMENT STANDARDS?

 

Payment Standards are figures set by The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) each year that regulate the amount of rent and utilities that may be paid for a particular Section 8 unit. Payments standards vary in each county and state.

 

The Payment Standard is a combination of rent and utilities. Utilities are estimated using a Utility Allowance Worksheet rather than collecting actual utility data.

 

Each Voucher holder must find a unit within the Payment Standard they are eligible for. For example, an applicant eligible for a two-bedroom unit must find a unit that rents for no more than $631 ($649 in Mille Lacs County) including utility costs. The applicant cannot rent a unit for $650. This example is based on the 2007 Payment Standards.

 

Section 8 Payment Standards
Figures are based upon 2016 values
Annual changes apply

Aitkin
1 Bedroom
$573
2 Bedroom
$767
3 Bedroom
$978
4 Bedroom
$1,050
Mille Lacs
1 Bedroom
$623
2 Bedroom
$795
3 Bedroom
$1,077
4 Bedroom
$1,313
 
 

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