List your property. The Housing Authority utilizes the services of Georgia Housing
Search, a non-profit organization, that lists properties free of charge for landlords
and tenants. To list your property for rent go to www.georgiahousingsearch.org and
select the tab at the top right that says Landlord or property owner? Go Here. Georgia
Housing Search software will instruct you on how to list your property on their website.
The first time you rent to a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher client, or if you
acquire a new piece of property, you need to register your property with the Section
8 Department. There are very specific documents required to register your property,
a complete packet of information may be picked up at our office or accessed through
the web at Housing Register Forms.
Screen prospective participants. The Housing Authority will screen our waiting list
applicants as well as applicants or participants from other Housing Authorities requesting
portability into this jurisdiction as thoroughly and fairly as possible. The Housing
Authority will screen for sex offender registration (Megan's Law). However, final
selection of a family for tenancy is the responsibility of the property owner, the
Housing Authority strongly encourages owners participating in the program to screen
all potential tenant families for criminal, credit, and rental history, grandchild,
grandparent, sister, or Brother of the Section 8 participant you select.
Select Participant. The choice is the landlord's. Tenant selection is based on
the landlord's own selection criteria. Charging an application fee is acceptable
as long as Section 8 participants are charged the same fee as non-Section 8 participants.
The use of renter reference services is encouraged. As in all cases, Fair Housing
is the law.
Submit a "Request For Tenancy Approval" (RFTA). Once the landlord has agreed to rent
a unit to a Section 8 participant, the landlord will be provided with an RFTA which
must be completed. The information provided on the RFTA is used to determine if
the family is eligible for the unit selected. The tenant will return the completed
RFTA to the Housing Authority for processing.
Perform a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection. Upon receipt of an RFTA, a
HQS inspection is scheduled and conducted to ensure that the unit is decent, safe,
and sanitary and to determine whether the total monthly rent requested for the unit
is acceptable. The rent is negotiable and must be comparable to other unassisted
units in that area. All units must meet the HQS standards before payments will begin.
Negotiate the rent. The Housing Authority will determine the "authorized rent"
which is the maximum rent allowable for that unit. It is established through a process
by which an inspector obtains "rent comparable's" of other properties located in
the same area as the unit selected. In making their determination, inspectors will
consider factors such as the condition and size of the unit (square footage), the
unit type, amenities, age, and utilities paid. The Housing Authority uses a "payment
standard" developed from fair market rents published by HUD to determine the maximum
rent the Housing Authority will pay. The amount will vary from unit to unit and
from community to community.
Sign the lease and contract. Once the unit passes inspection and the rent is
determined, a lease will be signed by both the landlord and the tenant. The Housing
Assistance Payments Contract will be signed by the landlord and a Housing Authority
representative for each portion of the total rent payable. Lease and contracts may
begin the day the unit passes inspection and the participant takes possession of