HUD Landlords & Facilities
Any landlord that has participated in the Housing Choice Voucher Program
(formerly known as Section 8) knows that the amount of paperwork involved
is incredible. There is a lot of important information that you need to
know and it is not always easy to understand. Additionally, tenants have
a lot of rights under the program and landlords have a lot of obligations
in ensuring the rights of the tenant are protected. Our firm understands
these rights and obligations and can assist you through the process, ensuring
that your practices are HUD compliant.
About the Housing Choice Voucher Program
The Housing Choice Voucher Program is a U.S. Department of Housing and
Urban Development program that assists income eligible tenants by subsidizing
their rent and utilities. Once a tenant has been accepted into the program,
the tenant must remain in good standing for the assistance to continue.
Common reasons for termination of assistance include:
- Failure to provide required information such as consent and verification forms
- An increase in the ability to pay the full contract rent
- Allowing ineligible people to live at the property
The termination of assistance does not mean that the tenant must move,
but does mean that the rent is going to rise to the market rate. Participating
landlords can also exercise their right to evict their tenants. Common
reasons for termination of tenancy include substantial lease violations,
repeated minor violations of the lease or house rules, nonpayment of rent,
and criminal activity. When a landlord evicts a participating tenant,
there are extra steps beyond Colorado's "Forcible Entry and Detainer"
requirements which must be followed to avoid future problems with the
tenant under the program guidelines.