Section 8 Program Information for Landlords



Portsmouth Housing Authority'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 this program by having a reliable pool of tenants and assurance that Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) will be paid on time every month. To learn how to become a landlord who participates in the program, call our Section 8 program office at 603-436-4310 ext. 160, or email us at

Read more about program general information here.

Frequently Asked Questions by Landlords

Steps to becoming a Section 8 Landlord

1. List your property.

We highly recommend you advertise your property in area newspapers and include “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:

  • Location
  • 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 online at

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 regulation requires that a landlord may not be the parent, child, grandchild, grandparent, sister, or brother of the HCV participant you select.

3. Select a participant.

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 ext. 160 or

5. Qualify for Eligibility

After PHA determines eligibility, the unit is inspected to assure it meets our Housing Quality Standards. See document listed below.

6. Sign Contract

Sign the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Contract with Portsmouth Housing and sign a minimum one-year lease with the resident.

Towns served by Portsmouth Housing’s HCV program:

Rockingham County:
New Castle
North Hampton
South Hampton
Hampton Falls
Hampton Beach

Strafford County:
East Rochester

Other towns and cities outside of this jurisdiction will either be 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