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***IMPORTANT NEWS FOR LANDLORDS, OWNERS AND MANAGERS***



ATTENTION ALL LANDLORDS AND OWNERS!

VOUCHER PAYMENT NEWS!



DUE TO CHANGES IN FEDERAL FUNDING DEPOSITS, THE HOUSING COMMISSION IS UNABLE TO PROCESS RENT PAYMENTS UNTIL THE 1ST OF THE MONTH. THIS MEANS PAYMENT WILL BE DEPOSITED INTO ACCOUNTS AT 11:59 PM ON THE 1ST OF THE MONTH, UNLESS THAT DAY IS A SATURDAY OR SUNDAY, THEN IT WILL BE THE FIRST BUSINESS DAY THEREAFTER.

WE REGRET ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS CAUSES, BUT FEDERAL PROCESSES LIMIT OUR ABILITY TO FORWARD YOUR VOUCHER RENT PAYMENTS ANY EARLIER.

THE AGENCY IS CURRENTLY WORKING TO SEE IF THIS SITUATION CAN BE REMEDIED IN THE FUTURE. UPDATES WILL BE POSTED HERE.




HOT TOPICS IN 2015!

  • The agency has noted a large number of units of late that are not passing Housing Quality Standards on their first or second inspection. Housing quality is critical to our customers safety and comfort. We encourage our owners and landlords to continue to educate themselves on the standards required. We are always eager to lease clients in your homes, but continued issues with failures or quality of units may force us to discontinue contracts. We encourage you to contact us if you need more information or guidance on this topic.

  • Side agreements and additional payments are not permitted on the Housing Choice Voucher program. ONLY payments identified in the HAP contract signed between the Housing Commission and the owner are permitted. The use of side agreements and/or side payments not identified in the HAP contract can be grounds for termination of the contract and payments.

  • Owners and Landlords who are interested in researching or having access to the full regulations of the Housing Choice Voucher program can find them online under 24 CFR 982. The link to that section of the regulations is here.

  • Congress passed a new budget that should fund the Housing Choice Voucher program at slightly increased levels through September of 2015. While there was a slight increase in funds, this does not allow the agency to issue a large number of new vouchers. Small numbers of vouchers may be issued as increased funding is forwarded to the agency. More news on this as 2015 funding is realized.



  • ***LANDLORD INFORMATION – BASIC PROGRAM INFORMATION***



    In this section, we will provide information on our housing programs’ benefits for the potential landlord.  If you are a landlord or property owner in Anne Arundel County, this information will promote your understanding of the housing programs and give you the knowledge of how to get involved, and the benefits of participating in our Housing Programs.



    IT IS ILLEGAL TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST PROTECTED CLASSES!


    The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing.
    The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children.


    Unit and landlord eligibility

    Any rental unit is eligible for the program if it meets the following criteria:
    Unit must be properly zoned
    • Unit rent must be reasonable – The program does not place limits on the amount of rent a participating owner can charge, but rents must be comparable to similar units in the same area.
    • Unit must pass an inspection based on HUD’s Housing Quality Standards (HQS).
    • Any landlord or owner willing to work within the guidelines of the Housing Choice Voucher Program is eligible to participate, provided he or she is in good standing with our agency and HUD. Owners may be barred from participating if they have breached leases with participating tenants or violated relevant laws or program rules; such as continuous failed inspections, abatement of rent, or violating the terms of the Housing Assistance Payments Contract. As a rule, owners may not rent units to relatives who are voucher-holders.

    Benefits of the program

    Regular Payments
    Landlords receive 60% or more of each eligible tenant’s monthly rent from HCAAC. The payments arrive regularly every month, which help low-income families afford decent and safe housing.  They also provide a source of income for the landlords and property owners that participate in the program that are dependable, timely, and regular. The Housing Commission prefers to use automatic deposits of rent directly into owners accounts, so you get your rent on the first day of the month.
    Tenant Stability
    If a tenant’s income drops suddenly or unexpectedly, we will reduce the tenant’s part of the rent while increasing our part. This flexibility helps voucher-assisted tenants miss fewer payments and maintain stable tenancies.  This also provides the landlord with a stable monthly income at the same rate.
    Less Turn Over in Tenancy
    No landlord relishes the need to find new tenants once there is a vacant rental unit, because this may result in less income for the landlord during the time between tenants.  By having the stability of tenants due to the flexibility of the program, the tenant’s rent payment will still be timely, resulting in less evictions due to non-payment and as a direct result, less tenancy turn-over, and thus the loss of potential income for a landlord.
    Free advertising
    While we cannot refer tenants to specific buildings, we do help prospective tenants find suitable and affordable housing by maintaining lists of homes available for rent in the Anne Arundel County area. The vacancy lists are updated regularly. Landlords may enter as many available units as they want on these lists, for no charge to the property owner.
    Maintaining Property Value
    Our required housing inspections help landlords identify problems with units, so they may be fixed. By ensuring that participating rental units are maintained in good condition, the program improves tenants’ quality of life, promotes pride in the tenant’s home, which in turn helps landlords protect their investments.
    Limited Paperwork
    HCAAC prepares all Housing Assistance Payment contracts.  Landlords fill out the Request for Tenancy Approval forms and the lease. The bulk of the paperwork is prepared by the housing agency. If you are interested in becoming a participant in our Housing Programs, please fill out an application listing a unit for rent.


     

    ID-10074082-large***HELP US TO LOCATE FAMILIES IN AREAS OF OPPORTUNITY!***


    ARE YOU AN OWNER INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM? WE NEED YOU!!


    ATTENTION OWNERS IN SEVERNA PARK, ARNOLD, CROFTON, BOWIE, DAVIDSONVILLE, MILLERSVILLE, GAMBRILLS AND SOUTH COUNTY!!

    WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONSIDER OUR PROGRAM AND CONSIDER THE PERSON! SEE BELOW!!



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