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HOW TO BECOME A SECTION 8 LANDLORD

Landlords in the private market can lease their units (apartments, mobile home or single family home) to families in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.  The program is federally funded and administered by Caribou Housing Authority (CHA). The process of renting to a family in the Section 8 program is similar to renting to a family in the private market – the landlord screens and selects tenants, collects rent and maintains the property.
 

PARTICIPATING IN THE SECTION 8 PROGRAM

When you rent an apartment to a CHA Section 8 Voucher holder you become a CHA landlord.

How it Works

Eligible families will receive a “Voucher” from CHA.   Families must find housing within a certain time frame of receiving a Voucher, usually 60 days. 

Applicant Screening

CHA screens Voucher holders for program eligibility only.  As in the private market, the owner is responsible for screening applicants for suitability as tenants. Selecting tenants, whether Voucher holders or not, is limited only by fair housing requirements and the prohibition of discrimination as established by federal and state law. 
 

WHAT STEPS ARE INVOLVED IN RENTING TO A FAMILY WITH A VOUCHER?

Step 1: Agree on Rent

If you choose to rent to a family with a Voucher, complete the Landlord Package and have the family hand deliver the package back to CHA.  With the package in hand, CHA will calculate the rent to see if the unit is affordable for the family.

  • When a family with a voucher is entering into a new lease for a new unit, the family cannot pay more than 40% of their monthly adjusted income for rent.  Some families with a Voucher can afford more expensive units than other Voucher holder.

Step 2:  Schedule the Inspection

After CHA has calculated the family’s percentage of the rent, and has come to an agreement on the official rent price, an inspection will be scheduled.

Step 3: Sign the Lease 

Once the rent is agreed on and the unit passes inspection, you will sign a lease with the family. A copy of the executed lease must be given to the Caribou Housing Authority

  • The lease is written agreement between you and the family.  

Step 4: Sign the Housing Assistance Payments Contract 

The Housing Assistance Payments Contract is your agreement with CHA.  It guarantees you the subsidy payment and other benefits as long as the family remains in the unit and the unit remains in compliance with the  Housing Quality Standards (HQS) regulations.  

Step 5: Your Tenant Moves In!