Landlords: The Housing Authority has partnered with AffordableHousing.com, which provides an enhanced program to list rental properties online. Listings are available to potential Housing Choice Voucher tenants seeking apartment units, duplexes, single-family homes or townhomes in the private market. If you have any questions regarding registering, creating, or viewing property listings, please call the AffordableHousing toll free help line at 1-866-466-7328. It is recommended that landlords add photos to their listing for better advertising and faster lease up.
Workshops will be held once each quarter. Please refer to the schedule below. For more information, please contact Heather Bailey at email@example.com
As a participating owner in the Section 8 Voucher Program, you must maintain the rental unit in compliance with local housing codes as well as Federal Housing Quality Standard (HQS) guidelines. It is the owner’s responsibility to screen and select a tenant, execute the lease, sign the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract with the Colorado Springs Housing Authority, collect a security deposit and collect the family’s portion of the rent.
The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is designed to help families with low to moderate income rent houses that are decent, safe, and sanitary. The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program provides for direct monthly payments to the property owner on behalf of the qualified family. The Section 8 Housing Choice Program subsidy covers the difference between 30% of the tenant's adjusted gross income and the contract rent, up to the payment standard.
The established payment standards include utilities. If the rent, plus utilities, exceeds the established payment standard per bedroom size, the family will be responsible for the additional cost, BUT they cannot spend more than 40% of their adjusted gross monthly income on housing.
It is the landlords responsibility to screen prospective tenants.
Request for Lease Approval
Once the landlord has decided to rent the prospective unit to a Housing Authority client, the landlord must complete a Request for Tenancy Approval Form and documents in the landlord move-in packet. After this is completed, the tenant will submit the completed packet to the Housing Specialist at the Housing Authority for review. The Housing Specialist will contact the prospective landlord, confirm the information on the Request for Tenancy Approval and set a date and time for move-in inspection.
The lease is between the landlord and the tenant. The Housing Authority does not enter into the lease. The landlord does sign a Housing Assistance Payment Contract with the Housing Authority.
The landlord can call the Housing Manager to request an interim inspection at any time, if you feel that the tenant is not maintaining the unit in a decent, safe, sanitary condition.
The Housing Authority will inspect the unit to make sure it is safe, decent, and sanitary. Examples:
The Housing Authority will inspect the following eight areas for HQS compliance:
The Housing Inspector must verify the following Conditions: