Information for Landlords

Frequently Asked Question

 

What kind of rental unit qualifies? 

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 Authority Standards and meet local code requirements.

May an owner sell a property while it is under contract with the Housing Authority?

Yes, an owner may sell the property while it has a Section 8 tenant under contract.   


How often does the Housing Authority inspect the units? 

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 turned in by the prospective tenant. If the inspection fails, the landlord will have 30 days to make repairs before a reinspection will be done. The landlord will be notified of all deficiencies found by the inspector along with the reinspection date. Please see our Inspection Checklist for more information.


What are the benefits of being a Section 8 landlord?

The Housing Authority mails their portion of the payment on the first business day of each month. The Section 8 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. 

 

What are the landlord's responsibilities?

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 Assitance Payment Contract with the Housing Authority. The landlord must also collect the rent due by the tenant and otherwise enforce the lease.

What are the families responsibilities?

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. 

 

What are the rent limits?

The Section 8 Fair Market Rents 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 - $200 for a 1 and 2 bedroom and $200-$250 for 3 and 4 bedroom units from the figures below when searching for a suitable unit.

 

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