Frequently Asked Landlords and Tenants Questions

If my apartment is part of a Project Based Section 8 project funded by HUD and the property is sold, can the new owner make me move out?

If a Project Based Section 8 apartment community is sold and the new owner decides not to renew the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract with ... Read More

How many bedrooms am I eligible for?

Generally, up to two people are placed in a bedroom, and adults have separate bedrooms than children.Allocating bedrooms for children can ge... Read More

How much would my rent be?

For Section 8, Public Housing, and other affordable housing subsidy programs, your monthly rent payment is generally 30% of the household's mon... Read More

Can I smoke in my unit?

You may or may not be able to smoke in your affordable housing unit; depending on the policy of the housing authority, property management company,... Read More

If your name comes up on a waiting list, but you still owe money to a landlord, do you lose your spot?

You will not lose your spot on the Section 8 waiting list due to a debt, unless that debt is to a housing authority. Housing authorities don't usually... Read More

If your income increases, are you still eligible for affordable housing?

That depends on if your income still qualifies for the income limit. If it is still under the limit, then yes, you are still eligible. Applica... Read More

Isn't affordable housing supposed to be income based? The property manager said they were affordable housing, but charges all tenants the same monthly rent.

Not all affordable housing programs are operated by having the tenant pay a portion of their income as rent. There are affordable housing programs, su... Read More

Are there any affordable houses available, rather than apartments?

Technically yes, there are houses that are available, but only for participants of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program.The Section ... Read More

Can a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher household live in a unit with other people?

Yes, a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher household may live in a unit with other people, but only if very specific circumstances are met.Gene... Read More

My Section 8 landlord keeps upping the rent. What can I do?

If your landlord is upping the rent to an amount that is not affordable, it's time to look for another unit.We are... Read More

If you don't have a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, but your landlord accepts it, can you rent there?

Yes, you can live in the unit, but you will not receive rental assistance by doing so. To be able to receive any kind of rental assistance, you must g... Read More

Must a landlord allow me to have a comfort animal if my doctor has said I need one?

Though in most cases Federal law requires landlords to allow service animals, animals that perform certain tasks for disabled persons, comfort animals... Read More

My family and I live in Section 8, but I have to move. Can we continue to receive Section 8 assistance in both places?

You may not use a Section 8 voucher to receive rental assistance in two different units at the same time.If you are the... Read More

Is a resident of the housing authority allowed to serve on its board of directors?

Yes, in fact, having at least one resident on the housing authority's board is required by law, with a few exceptions.According to... Read More

My mother no longer needs assistance anymore, but it would help me and my children. Would she be able to pass it down to us?

If your mother applied as the Head of Household, and you were on the application as a household member, it is unlikely that she can take her name off ... Read More

Can a family member be the landlord of a Section 8 household?

Generally, no a family member cannot be the landlord of a Section 8 household, unless the tenant is disabled and requests a reasonable accommodatio... Read More

I'm a Section 8 landlord and my tenant caused major damage to the unit. What recourse do I have against the tenant?

If a tenant caused major damage to the unit, the lease agreement should have bound the tenant to certain obligations to maintain the unit. Assuming... Read More

I'm in affordable housing now, but must move for medical reasons. But, my landlord won't let me out of my lease. What can I do?

If you must move from your unit for medial reasons, but your landlord will not let your out of your lease, your recourse depends on the state your ... Read More

Can a landlord charge you market value for a security deposit?

There is no market rate value of a security deposit. The security deposit amount is the landlord's decision, but many states have a law that se... Read More