Landlords

County Housing relies on dependable landlords to help house people in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. The HCV program offers several benefits to landlords, including guaranteed rental income, a broader pool of potential tenants, and support from County Housing.

Become a Landlord

Please click on the Landlord Interest Form below to begin the process of becoming landlord in the HCV program. Also, learn more about becoming a landlord by contacting County Housing’s landlord liaison at (314) 428-3200.

Why work with County Housing

Watch the videos below to learn more about becoming a landlord and the HCV Program.

Myths of renting to Housing Choice Voucher residents

Myth 1: Landlords can’t charge HCV participants the same rent as non-HCV tenants.

False: Landlords can charge the full rent no matter who the tenant is. The housing authority must determine that the proposed rent is reasonable and is not higher than units in that area with similar amenities.

MYTH 2: HCV Voucher tenants are problem tenants.

False: HCV tenants are typically long-term tenants, living in a unit for 7-8 years on average. There are no documented statistics showing that HCV participants are any more likely to damage units or not pay rent than regular tenants. Landlords use their own screening criteria and should screen HCV tenants as they would any other to avoid problem tenants.

MYTH 3: It is almost impossible to evict an HCV tenant when they violate the lease.

False: HCV tenants are bound by the terms of their rental agreements and are subject to eviction, as is any non-HCV tenant.

MYTH 4: If you accept one HCV program tenant, then all of your units must be rented to HCV program tenants.

False: Renting units to HCV tenants does not obligate you to rent to other HCV tenants. For each vacancy, you should follow your established policies for screening prospective tenants.

How to become a landlord in the Housing Choice Voucher program

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SUBMIT INTEREST FORM

Fill out the Landlord Interest Form and submit to County Housing.

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Select a tenant

County Housing admits eligible families to our HCV program. As the landlord, you 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) (also referred to as the landlord packet). County Housing must determine that your proposed rent is reasonable compared to similar units in the market and not higher than those paid by unassisted tenants on the premises.

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Ensure minimum standards

Make sure your housing meets minimum standards.

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Initial inspection

County Housing’s inspections team will conduct an initial inspection of your unit to ensure that it meets all HUD requirements. Inspectors will check the following:

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Sign and rent

Sign lease with tenant and the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract with County Housing, and start receiving payments.

Once you and the tenant sign a lease and you submit the signed lease to us, you will receive a HAP contract to sign. Once the HAP contract between you and County Housing is executed, you will begin to receive monthly HAPs from County Housing and the remainder of the rent payment from the tenant.

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