Getting Started with the Housing Choice Voucher Program
We want to make it simple and easy for landlords to participate in the NEOHA Housing Choice Voucher program.
If a tenant approaches you about accepting a Housing Choice Voucher, there are four steps to follow.
Step 1: Screen the tenant to ensure you are making a good selection.
Step 2: Tenants with our HCV vouchers will have a form to fill out called Request for Tenancy Approval. You should complete the landlord section of the form, along with the Disclosure of Lead-based Paint form. When the tenant submits both completed, signed forms to our office, we will contact you to schedule an inspection. You may submit the forms on behalf of the tenant, if you wish.
Step 3: We will inspect the unit to ensure that it meets HUD’s Housing Quality Standards. NEOHA requests that the landlord be present at the initial inspection. The utilities must be on and the unit must be ready for occupancy. The inspector will discuss any repairs that may be necessary with you. Read more about Common Inspection Fails.
Step 4: After your unit passes inspection, and the amount of rent you are charging has been approved, you and the tenant enter into an initial lease. When all of the final, signed documents have been received, we release payment to the landlord within two weeks. Thereafter payments will be released on the first business day of each month.
About Your Lease Agreement
Landlords use their own lease agreement and the same screening criteria that apply to any other applicants and tenants.
The lease should not be signed and dated until after NEOHA approval.