General Information about accepting Section 8 (Housing Choice Voucher) rental assistance for your residential rental unit(s) is located below. If you have a specific question, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forms/Info for Landlords
How do I make my property eligible for the Section 8 Program?
There is no official "certification" process to be a Section 8 Landlord. A Housing Authority has established policies and procedures they follow in regards to adding any property to the program. There are federal laws and regulations that must be followed.
Does my property need to pass a "pre-qualifying" inspection?
No. The Scott County CDA does not "pre-qualify" a rental unit for the Section 8 Program, but does adhere to the process as explained below.
What happens when I decide to accept a tenant who has Section 8?
After the Landlord has conducted the tenant screening process and has approved the applicant for the rental unit, the Section 8 Voucher holder will give the Landlord a Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA) form to complete. The RFTA form asks questions about the rental unit, including: unit address, contract rent amount, security deposit amount, description and year the building was built, utilities that are included and excluded in the rent, and landlord contact information. The Section 8 Participant must return the completed RFTA to the Scott County CDA no later than the 15th of the month, prior to the month they want their rental assistance to begin. (Example: June 15th for a July 1st lease date.)
Once the CDA receives the completed RFTA form:
- The CDA will first check to see that the rental unit is "affordable" for the participant, in accordance with Agency Payment Standards.
- The Housing Authority will contact the Landlord to schedule and complete a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Inspection. The rental unit must pass an Inspection before the Housing Authority will release Housing Assistance Payments to the Landlord on the tenant's behalf.
- The Landlord is required to provide a copy of the unexecuted lease to the Housing Authority along with the Request for Tenancy Approval form. Once the unit has passed an HQS inspection and all paperwork has been approved, the landlord will sign a Housing Assistance Payment Contract with the Agency.
How do I respond when someone asks me if I take Section 8?
The Scott County CDA strongly encourages landlords to consistently perform thorough background checks on all tenants who apply for a rental unit in their property. It is important to have screening criteria in writing to give to the applicant at the time they apply for the rental unit. A landlord may respond by saying, "I am willing to work with the Section 8 Program, provided that the applicant is able to pass my screening criteria".
What is the most the CDA will pay for rent?
In Scott County, the contract rent, plus utilities, must be within the Payment Standards, which are set by using amounts as determined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Do I have to include the utilities in the rent?
No. The Landlord decides who pays for which utilities. If the tenant is responsible for some or all utilities, this must be indicated on the Request for Tenancy Approval form. The Housing Authority uses the Utility Allowance form to determine the average monthly utility expense for the family. The contract rent is determined affordable for the Section 8 Program when rent plus utility expenses are equal to or less than the Payment Standard for the appropriate bedroom size.
How much does the Section 8 Participant pay for rent and how much does the CDA pay?
The Section 8 Participant pays 30% of their monthly-adjusted income towards rent to the Landlord. This will vary for each family and the rent portions may fluctuate during the year according to the family's income. The Housing Authority pays the difference directly to the Landlord each month.
How do I advertise that I do take Section 8?
If you are willing to work with the Section 8 Program, we suggest that you use the following phrase in your advertisement: Rental Assistance Accepted.
How many Section 8 Participants are looking for apartments in Scott County?
The Section 8 Waiting List that serves Scott County has been closed to new applicants since June 2007. This means our Agency is not accepting new applications at this time.
Those who currently have a Section 8 Voucher are able to move from county-to-county and state-to-state with their rental assistance. Our Agency provides Section 8 Rental Assistance to approximately 525 households and receives an average of four to five Section 8 households moving into Scott County each month.
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If you would like to add your rental property to the apartment list that is distributed to current Section 8 voucher holders or applicants who request it, please email email@example.com the following information:
- Your Name/Management Company Name & Address
- Phone Number
- Address of the Rental Property
- Number of bedrooms/bathrooms, type of property: Single-family, Townhome, Duplex, etc.
- Square footage
- Accessibility features