The Program

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program was designed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help low-income families obtain decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private rental market. Eligible families will pay a portion of their rent to the owner based on their income. MHA will pay the remaining portion of the rent (also known as the subsidy) on behalf of the family directly to the owner. MHA reserves the right to refuse any unit and or property owner from participating in the program. Hundreds of landlords and thousands of tenants have participated in this program. These partnerships have resulted in may successful tenancies. Under the program, the tenant's eligibility is certified by the Housing Authority and the tenant then seeks out a suitable rental unit where the landlord is willing to enter into a contract to receive part of the rent directly from the Housing Authority. The program is successful when each party understands its role.


Advantages to the Owner

The lease with an eligible family and contract with the Housing Authority encourages a longer occupancy than does the average month-to-month rent agreement, thereby lessening the chance of rent loss due to tenant turnover. Although the owner is responsible for the collection of the tenant's portion of the rent, he/she has the assurance of timely and consistent payments from MHA. 


Landlord's Obligations

The role of the landlord in the voucher program is to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing to a tenant at a reasonable rent. The dwelling unit must pass the program's housing quality standards and be maintained up to those standards as long as the owner receives housing assistance payments. In addition, the landlord is expected to provide the services agreed to as part of the lease signed with the tenant and the contract signed with the Housing Authority.

LANDLORDS / OWNERS

This page is to provide information for landlords currently working with MHA or who may be considering participation. Landlords are a vital component of a successful Housing Choice Voucher program!

​​​Morristown Housing Authority

(Morristown, Tennessee)