Federal Housing Quality Standards Criteria
The Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) Assistance Payments program is the first federal housing program offered to low to moderate income families in which the traditional role of the owner and tenant are unchanged.
The Housing Choice Voucher program is designed to assist eligible families with rent so that residents are provided with a decent, safe and sanitary home. It is the landlord's responsibility to collect the tenant's share of the rent and enforce the lease.
You enter into a lease agreement with the tenant and the Housing Authority of the City of Frederick (HACF) along with an addendum to the lease, which includes all regulations required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). You sign a contract assuring that a portion of your rent will be paid by the HACF. Your property must be inspected and meet certain federal Housing Quality Standards (HQS), essentially ensuring the home is safe and sanitary.
What's in it for the owner?
A portion of the rent is guaranteed by HUD and paid directly to you by the HACF. Then the tenant pays 30% of their monthly adjusted income for rent and utilities. Fair Market Rents is the amount needed to rent a moderately-priced unit in the Frederick market. This is set and approved by HUD and are adjusted annually. You have the option to directly select (and screen) any family issued a voucher by the HACF as your tenant. You may also post your vacancies at the HACF and save on advertising costs.
Your rights are the same as they are in the private market. You have the right to evict the tenant in accordance with state law. Plus you deal directly with the tenant for any tenant-caused damages.
Basically, these are the same as they are in the private market:
For more information, please contact the HACF office at (301) 662-8173.
- You must meet the obligation of the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP Contract and the lease).
- You have the responsibility for maintaining your unit.
- You pay the utilities and service unless specified in the lease as the tenant's responsibility.
- You collect the tenant's portion of the rent.
- You must comply with the Fair Housing Act.