The role of the landlord is a critical part of the HCV program. The landlord leases a unit that is decent, safe, and sanitary to an eligible tenant at a reasonable rent determined by the market. The housing unit must pass the program’s housing quality standards (HQS) and be maintained up to those standards as long as the owner receives housing assistance payments (HAPs).

Landlords who would like to rent to voucher holders should can contact HACO at 801.627.5851 ext. 100 to find out more information to include listing their available unit for eligible voucher holders seeking for rental units.

The HACO admits eligible families to its HCV program. Select and approve one of these voucher holders based on your own rental criteria, then fill out the voucher holder’s Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA) form. This form must be submitted to HACO to determine that the proposed rent is reasonable compared to similar units in the marketplace and not higher than those paid by unassisted tenants on the premises.

Once the RFTA is approved, HACO will send their inspector to conduct a Housing Quality Standard inspection. All housing units with HCV tenants must meet the following thirteen (13) HQS performance requirements both at commencement of assisted occupancy and throughout the assisted tenancy:

• Sanitary facilities
• Water supply
• Food preparation and refuse disposal
• Lead-based paint
• Space and security
• Access
• Thermal environment

• Site and neighborhood
• Illumination and electricity
• Sanitary conditions
• Structure and materials
• Smoke detectors
• Interior air quality

Once the unit passes inspection and a rent is agreed upon, you and the tenant sign a lease and you submit the signed lease to HACO, you will receive a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract from HACO to sign. Once the HAP contract between you and the PHA is executed, you will begin to receive monthly HAPs from HACO and the remainder of the rent payment from the tenant. Typically, the tenant will pay 30% of their income towards rent.

To initially qualify, the family’s income generally cannot exceed 30% of the median income for the community. They remain on the program as long as they comply with program rules and their portion of the rent does not equal or exceed the total amount of rent.

The portion of rent the voucher holder will pay is based on approximately 30% to 40% of their income, depending on the rent charged for the unit. When a family has a decrease in income, their portion may decrease. When they have an increase, their rent will normally increase after a full 30 day notice is given to both the tenant and owner. Every case is different, and is adjusted to each family’s circumstances.

REMEMBER: You may only collect the total amount of rent per the contract or contract amendment. Collecting rent above what was agreed to in the contract or contract amendment is considered federal fraud.

The balance of the rent is paid by the Housing Authority and directly mailed to the owner/agent on the first day of the month. The owner may choose to have the rent direct deposited into their bank account.

The first lease must be for one full year. The lease typically begins at least one day after the unit has passed HQS inspection and the HAP Contract has been approved. The lease may begin any time during a month but must end on the last day of month. If you execute a lease for any other day before the unit has been approved, the tenant will be responsible for the rent until the contract begins. After the first year, the lease may be month-to-month.

● You may charge the same deposit amount you would charge to other tenants.
● Participants are responsible for paying the security deposit.
● When the participant moves, you must follow state law regarding the return and/or notification of amounts kept from a security deposit.
● If the deposit does not cover damages and/or unpaid rent, please send a copy of your final settlement statement to the agency. Although we do not pay any of these costs, we will forward the debt to the participant.
● If a participant fails to clear a debt to a prior owner and the owner has taken all legal steps to get a judgment, then the tenant they may not participate in the program (unless you fail to take all legal remedies.)

Owners FAQ's

Our checks are not forwarded. If you need your check sent to a new address, you must request the change in writing. In order to protect you, we will only change addresses on the check from a written request. On this website you can download an Owner’s Change Form.

Our agency can send an Owner’s payment directly to their bank. On this website, you can download the Request for Direct Deposit.

The HACO doesn’t evict tenants. The owner is responsible for lease violations and evictions. If your tenant is breaking the lease, you must take the appropriate action and enforce your lease (three day to pay or vacate, three day to come in compliance with the lease, etc.) and send a copy to OHA. We will meet with and counsel the tenant – which may or may not help. You may still have to take legal action if the problem isn’t corrected.

The agency can list your unit in our Available Unit book, but we are not allowed to direct tenants to a specific unit. In addition, we cannot tell you if the tenant would
make a “good” tenant.

Quite often Owner’s call our agency and want to put their unit directly on our voucher program. The only way a unit can become subsidized under the Voucher Program is for a tenant to approach the owner and want to rent the unit. We have no ability to provide direct subsidy to Owner’s on the Housing Choice Voucher Program. However, the owner can list their unit at our office in our Available Unit book. Tenants review the book regularly for available housing.

The agency is unable to approve a unit if the owner is the parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, sister, or brother of any member of the family, unless the Housing Authority determines that approving the unit would provide reasonable accommodation for a family member who is a person with disabilities.