New Voucher Holder Information
Selecting a Section 8 Family as a Tenant
HAP Contract & Lease
HAP Payments & Direct Deposit
Requesting a Rent Increase and/or Utility Change
Terminating a Lease
Change in Landlord/Management Information
Non-Discrimination and Accessibility for Persons with Disability
Violence Against Women Act
Questions & Answers
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Caribou Housing Agency currently serves more than 190 families in the Caribou area with 120 more currently on our waitlist, reflecting a great need for safe, decent and affordable housing. There are very few differences between the Section 8 Program participant and the average private-market renter. Landlords may use standard procedures as permitted by law to screen Section 8 applicants. This may include asking for a reasonable application fee.
- You will be providing affordable housing to Indianapolis families.
- You will be guaranteed a rent check for approximately 60 to 70 percent of the rent.
- You are able to use your own lease.
- You will receive free advertising for your available properties.
- You will receive free annual inspections of your unit.
- Units receive payments at market rate rents.
- You will get first-hand information concerning government rules and regulations that affect both private-market and subsidized housing.
The role of the landlord in the voucher program is to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing to a tenant at a reasonable rent. The dwelling unit must pass the program’s housing quality standards and be maintained up to those standards as long as the owner receives housing assistance payments. In addition, the landlord is expected to provide the services agreed to as part of the lease signed with the tenant and the contract signed with Caribou Housing Agency.
As a property owner, you will be responsible for:
- Completing a Request for Tenancy Approval (RTA) form provided by potential Section 8 tenant.
- Providing proof of ownership for the property to be rented in the form of at least one document from the Housing Agency-approved list.
- Thoroughly screening and interviewing families who apply.
- Maintaining the property by making necessary repairs in a timely manner.
- Collecting application fees, security deposits and the tenant’s monthly rent portion.
- Managing the property and enforcing the lease.
- Complying with the terms of the Housing Assistance Contract with Caribou Housing Agency and HUD Tenancy Addendum
- Complying with all fair housing laws and not improperly discriminating against any family.
- Notifying Caribou Housing if a tenant vacates the unit and returning the housing assistance payments received after a family vacates a unit.
- Notifying Caribou Housing of any owner change immediately so payment to the new landlord will not be delayed.
- Passing initial and annual inspections by Caribou Housing to ensure that the property continues to meet basic health and safety requirements.
If you are a property owner interested in participating in the HCV Program (Section 8) and assisting low-income families in your community, contact the Caribou Housing Agency office at:
25 High Street
Caribou ME 04736
Phone: (207) 493-4234