Information for Landlords
Leasing Your Property To A Voucher Holder
Renting your unit through the HCV Program is similar to renting in the private market with a few extra steps:
STEP ONE: Advertise your rental unit as you normally would. You then select a tenant who is qualified, eligible, and acceptable to you. You may conduct any screening and background checks that you normally complete, such as those relating to credit and/or criminal backgrounds.
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STEP TWO: You and your potential HCV tenant complete and submit a Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA) packet. The HCV tenant will provide the necessary forms, which must be completed by both you and the tenant. Proof of paid real estate/school taxes and water/sewage accounts must be provided at the time the RFTA is submitted.
STEP THREE: The MCHA will inspect the property. Once the submitted RFTA has been approved, a representative will contact you to schedule an inspection. Initial inspections usually take place within 15 days of RFTA approval. If repairs are needed, time is given to complete them.
STEP FOUR: Lease and Housing Assistance Payment contracts are executed. The MCHA will produce, and arrange for you to sign, all documents (in person or by mail) once the property is approved. Generally, the initial lease term will be for one year (12 months). After the initial contract term expires, the lease renews on a month-to-month basis.
STEP FIVE: Payment will be made by the MCHA, directly to you, within the first 10 days of each month. Payments begin as soon as all documents are signed, and are issued on the 1st or 16th of each month.
Requesting A Rent Increase
Landlords may request a rent increase once per year. Rent increase requests must be received by the MCHA not later than 90 days prior to the tenant’s anniversary date. The rent increase request must be signed by the tenant. Any rent increase requests received later than the submission deadline, or that are missing the tenant’s signature, will be denied. To help make sure your requests are submitted on time, please refer to the Rent Increase Request Submission Deadlines below.
The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in housing because of race, color, national origin, religion, familial status, gender, and disability. The Fair Housing Act ensures that all persons receive equal housing opportunity. For more information about the Fair Housing Act and your rights, visit hud.gov.