The Pickaway Metropolitan Housing Authority (PMHA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) encourage rental property owners to participate in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program (HCV).
The HCV uses federal funds to provide rental assistance to low income families and individuals. Program participants find rental housing in the private market that fits the needs of their family. Each month the Housing Authority pays a housing assistance payment (HAP) directly to the owner while the family pays the balance of the rent due. The amount of HAP is determined by the size of the family, the number of bedrooms in the unit, and the family monthly adjusted income.
When a program participant chooses a rental unit, all agreements regarding day-to-day living are between the landlord and the participating family. The following steps are among the most important in the leasing process:
Step 1. Both the tenant and the owner complete the Request for Tenancy Approval form. The tenant will be given this form at the Intake Appointment and are responsible for supplying the Landlord with the form.
Step 2. The tenant or the landlord immediately returns the completed Request for Tenancy Approval form to the Housing Authority. This form MUST be returned prior to the 15th day of the month preceding the month a landlord and tenant wish to begin a leasing relationship. Example: If the lease is to take effect October 1, 2011, the Request form must be submitted to the PMHA office no later than September 15, 2011.
Step 3. The Housing Authority will contact the landlord to schedule a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Inspection of the rental property.
Step 4. The Housing Authority will compare the rental property to other like properties in the area to determine if the rent requested is reasonable.
Step 5. Once the property has passed inspection, the owner will provide the Housing Authority with a copy of the lease. If the owner has no lease, PMHA will provide a model lease that can be used. The landlord will also sign the Housing Assistance Contract at that time.
It is important to note that participation in the Housing Choice Voucher program does not change or alter the rights and responsibilities of landlords according to the Ohio Tenant/Landlord Law or other Federal Laws concerning the rights of program participants who are recipients of federal funding assistance.
There are benefits to landlords who participate in the HCV program:
- PMHA's share of the rent is sent directly to the landlord
- PMHA performs an annual inspection of the rental unit
- PMHA requires tenants to follow the rules of the lease and the HCV program in order to retain their rental assistance
- Tenant loss of income usually increases the HAP the landlord receives.
- The federal funding received to support this program are tax dollars that return to our area and are paid to business persons or companies who are landlords in Pickaway County.