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The participating family is responsible to pay the rent and the utilities for which they are obligated under the lease. They must provide the Housing Authority with complete and accurate information. The family must also make their best effort to find a place to live that is suitable for them and qualifies under the program. The family is responsible for the care of their housing unit and must comply with the terms of the lease as set forth by the owner.
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Any existing rental unit may be eligible: single family homes, condominiums, apartments, mobile homes, townhouses, duplexes, etc., located in Butler County. All rental units must conform to Housing Quality Standards and meet local code requirements.
Yes, an owner may sell the property while it has a Housing Choice Voucher tenant under contract.
The rental units are inspected prior to a contract being signed and at least annually thereafter. Initial inspection of the unit are only conducted once a Request for Tenancy Approval is submitted by the prospective tenant. If the inspection fails, the landlord will have 30 days to make repairs before a re-inspection. The landlord will be notified of all deficiencies found by the inspector along with the re-inspection date. Please see our Inspection Checklist for more information.
The Housing Authority mails their portion of the payment on the first business day of each month. The Housing Choice Voucher Program also allows you to fill a vacancy in a rental unit with a tenant who, by being on the program, gives you greater assurance of being able to afford the unit.
The landlord must attract a family that has already been determined as eligible and has been issued a Voucher by the Housing Authority. The landlord also screens the families to determine if they would be good renters. The landlord must comply with fair housing laws and not discriminate against any family. They must maintain the unit by making necessary repairs in a timely manner. The landlord must also comply with the terms of the Housing Assistance Payment Contract with the Housing Authority. The landlord must also collect the rent due by the tenant and otherwise enforce the lease.
The Housing Choice Voucher Fair Market Rents (PDF) are published in the Federal Register each year. The rent amounts include all utilities. If the tenant will be paying all or some of the utilities, the rent amount should be reduced by $100 or $200 for a 1- and 2- bedroom and $200 or $250 for 3- and 4-bedroom units from the figures when searching for a suitable unit.