CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM (SECTION 8)
Housing Choice Voucher Rental Assistance Program offers rental assistance to
persons with very low-income who wish to live in homes in the private rental
market, but cannot afford market rental rates. HCV participants pay 30% of
their adjusted gross income for rent. The Housing Assistance Payments (HAP)
subsidizes the balance of rent for the property owner. The Housing Authority of
York administer approximately 233
Vouchers within the Western part of York County. With a Voucher, a family is able to select a
home in the private rental market. If the family chooses to move, the
assistance may be transferable. All housing must be inspected and approved by
the Housing Agency and meet Housing Quality Standards. For more information
about the Housing Authority's Housing Choice Voucher Program, please call (803)
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COMMONLY ASKED BY LANDLORDS
Q: What are the requirements
for my unit to be rented to an assisted family?
A: The unit must meet HUD Housing Quality Standards and the rent must be
fall within Housing Authority payment standards and rent comparable.
Q: How do I make a unit
available to voucher holders?
A: You may list your unit by calling 803-684-6004. You may also
advertise in the newspaper with the phrase "will accept Section 8."
Our families look for those listings.
Q: Who pays the rent?
A: The tenant pays 30% of his/her monthly income less utilities toward
the rent. You collect the tenant's portion of the rent from the tenant. The
Housing Authority pays the assistance (difference between the tenant rent and
the contracted rent amount) directly to you.
Q: Can I collect a security
A: Yes, you may collect whatever you normally charge, up to a full
month's rent. You cannot charge an assisted tenant more than you charge an
What is the term of the lease and contract?
A: After one year, the term is open-ended as long as the tenant remains
eligible and the unit is maintained to Housing Quality Standards. The tenant
may vacate with 30-day notice after the first year; however, the landlord must
have good cause to terminate the lease and evict the tenant.
What do I do when a voucher holder is interested in my unit?
A: Here are the steps to follow:
Step 1: Landlord screens tenants - you must
screen the prospective tenant carefully to insure you are making a good
selection. When one of our families contacts you, we can only certify to
you that they are income eligible for the program.
Step 2: Request for Tenancy Approval - When
you have selected a tenant, he/she will have a "Request for Tenancy
Approval" form for you to complete. When the tenant submits the form
to our office, an HCV Specialist will
contact you to schedule an inspection.
Step 3: Inspection and rent - The unit will
be inspected to insure that it meets HUD Housing and Quality Standards.
Required repairs and rent amount will be discussed with you by the HCV
Step 4: Lease and contract - After the unit
passes inspection and the rent has been approved, the landlord and tenant
enter into a lease. The Housing Authority and the landlord sign a Housing
Assistance Payments Contract through which the rent is assisted on behalf
of the tenant.
Step 5: Once the HAP Contract is
executed (signed by both parties), the Housing Assistance Payment will be released.