Portsmouth Housing’s Housing Choice Voucher program (typically referred to as “Section 8”) provides housing assistance payments on behalf of qualified renters to over 160 landlords in the region. This HCV program provides direct cash subsidies to landlords of rental properties in exchange for a promise to rent to people with low incomes and a promise to meet Housing Quality Standards which will be certified by Portsmouth Housing inspectors. Area landlords benefit from fom this program by having a reliable pool of tenants as and ensure that Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) will be paid every month and on-time. To learn how to become a landlord who participates in the program, call our HCV program office at 603-436-4310 ext. 111, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To become a Housing Choice Voucher program landlord you can take the following steps.
1. List your property.
We highly recommend you advertise your property in area newspapers and include “HCV or Section 8 OK” in your advertisement. Property advertisements can also be sent to PHA via fax, email, or USPS and we will post your advertisement in our main lobby and distribute it during our new voucher holder briefings. Please make sure your advertisements include the following:
- Monthly Rent Amount
- Bedroom Size
- Utilities Paid for by Tenant and source of utilities (ie Oil heat, electric water, etc) and utilities paid for by Landlord
- Date Available for Lease Up
- Contact Information
Your property can also be listed by registering on-line at www.GOsection8.com.
2. Screen prospective participants.
Landlords are responsible for screening their prospective participants. The Housing Authority screens prospective participants’ eligibility but does not screen assisted families for suitability as tenants. Additionally, federal regulations require that a landlord may not be the parent, child, grandchild, grandparent, sister, or brother of the HCV participant you select.
3. Select a participant.
The choice is the landlord’s. Tenant selection is based on your own selection criteria. Charging an application fee is acceptable as long as HCV participants are charged the same fee as non-HCV participants. The use of renter reference services is encouraged. As in all cases, Fair Housing is the law.
4. Complete Landlord registration packet and return to Portsmouth Housing.
To get copies of the registration packet please contact Portsmouth Housing at 603-436-4310 or email@example.com. You can also download this package here (see bottom of page).
5. Qualify for Eligibility
After PHA determines eligibility, the unit is inspected to assure it meets our Housing Quality Standards (see document list below).
6. Sign Contract
Sign Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Contract with Portsmouth Housing and sign a minimum a one-year lease with the resident.
Towns served by Portsmouth Housing’s HCV program:
Other towns and cities outside of this jurisdiction will be either administered by their own housing authority or by the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority. More information about NHHFA statewide voucher program can be found at www.nhhfa.org/section-8-housing