OUR MISSION  

In keeping with the rural character of the hamlets and villages of the Town of Southampton, the mission of the Southampton Housing Authority is to develop affordable mixed-income housing opportunities.

 Housing Choice Voucher Program

Landlord Information

The information on page will help you determine if becoming a Housing Choice Voucher Program Landlord is for you.

 

The FAQ section below will answer many of the questions you may have about the Program.  If you have additional questions, please visit CONTACT US and fill out the form. 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Housing Choice Voucher Program?

The Housing Choice Voucher (formerly known as Section 8) Program provides assistance for low income families in the private rental market through the Housing Assistance Payments Program.

 

Rental Voucher Holders select a unit from the private rental market.  Rental assistance makes market rate housing affordable.  Program participants normally pay no more than 30% of monthly adjusted income towards rent and utilities.  The Housing Assistance Payment subsidizes the balance of the rent to the property owner.

 

What are the requirements for my unit to be rented to an assisted family?

The unit must meet HUD Housing Quality Standards and the rent must be approvable within HUD Fair Market Rents and market rate comparable (copy of HQS available)

 

How do I make a unit available to voucher holders?

You may call the Southampton Housing Authority (TSHA) to have the unit added to our list of available units.  You may also advertise in the newspaper with the phrase "will accept Housing Choice Vouchers." Our families look for those listings.

 

What do I do when a voucher holder is interested in my unit?

  • Landlord Screens Tenant
    • You must screen the prospective tenant carefully to insure you are making a good selection. When one of our families contacts you, we can only certify to you their income eligibility for the program.  We cannot provide a reference as to their expected behavior as tenants. You may use any or all of the following screening procedures:
      • Credit Check
      • Landlord References
      • Ciminal Check

      • Home Visits

We encourage you all of the above screening methods as long as you do not discriminate.  Discrimination includes any tenant selection based on race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, country of birth, handicap or familial status.  The prohibition against discrimination based on familial status makes it illegal, in most circumstances, to refuse to allow children to live in a residential unit.

 

  • Request For Tenancy Approval

When you have selected a tenant, he/she will have a "Request for Tenancy Approval" form for you to complete.  When the tenant submits the form to our office, a housing representative will contact you to schedule an inspection.

 

  • Inspection and Rent

The unit will be inspected to insure that it meets HUD Housing Quality Standards.  You will also be mailed a copy of the inspection repair list, if applicable.

 

  • Lease and Contract

After the unit passes inspection and the rent has been approved, the landlord and tenant enter into a lease for an initial term of one year.  The Housing Authority and the landlord sign a Housing Assistance Payments Contract through which the rent is assisted on behalf of the tenant.

 

  • Can I collect a security deposit?
    • Yes.
    • The TSHA prohibits security deposits in excess of private practice, or in excess of amounts charged by the owner to unassisted tenants.

 

  • What is the term of the lease and contract?

After one year, the lease is renewed for a specified time period (ex., month-to-month, six months, etc.). the tenant may vacate with a notice after the term of the lease expires.  If the tenant remains in the unit, the tenant is recertified for eligibility and the unit is inspected for Housing Quality Standards annually, at which time the landlord may request an annual adjustment rent increase which must be approved by the TSHA.  This request must be submitted in writing to the TSHA and tenant sixty days prior to renewal.

 

What should I expect from Housing Choice Voucher tenants?

  • Pay their rent on time.
  • Keep the unit clean.
  • Maintain exterior of residence and yard.
  • Avoid illegal activities by household members and guest.
  • Allow Housing Authority inspectors access to the unit to conduct inspections.
  • Permit landlord and designated repairmen access to the unit for repairs.
  • Avoid damage to property by household members and guests.
  • Refrain from disturbing others (respecting the right to peaceful enjoyment by their neighbors).
  • Allow only those occupants on the lease to reside in the unit.
  • Comply with terms and conditions of the dwelling lease and tenancy addendum.

 

What are my rights and responsibilities?

  • Maintain your property in  good condition.  Complete repairs within a reasonable amount of time upon request by the housing authority or tenant, 24 hours for emergencies.  The amount of time that is considered reasonable depends on the nature of the problem.
  • Set reasonable rules about use of unit and common areas
  • Do no enter a unit without tenant's permission and proper notice except for emergencies or tenant requested repairs.
  • Collect appropriate security deposit as directed under the program and use it only as directed by state law.
  • Comply with equal opportunity requirements
  • Enforce tenant obligations under the lease
  • Comply with terms and conditions of lease and HAP contract.
  • Take action through appropriate channels to evict when tenant violates the lease.