Responsibilities of Owners

The rights and responsibilities of an owner, under Section 8, are basically the same as they are in the private market.

The owner:
  • Screens and selects the tenant (the Housing Authority does not screen for tenant suitability)
  • Collects family portion of the rent.
  • Deals directly with the tenant family and may evict them for cause.
  • Maintains the unit and makes necessary repairs, including installation of any required dead bolts and smoke detectors.
  • Pays utilities and other services unless they are paid by the tenant.
  • Complies with Fair Housing laws and state laws governing tenant/landlord relations.

Charging Rent

The rent will depend on the local market for units with similar amenities and will be subject to a rent reasonableness test by the Housing Authority. Also, the tenant family is prohibited from paying more than 40% of their income toward their portion of the rent.