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Florida Section 8 Landlord

Florida Section 8 landlord is a property owner who is willing to accept Section 8 voucher holders as tenants. The landlord must inform the housing authority serving the area that his/her property is available for rent to Section 8 voucher holders before making it known to the tenants through various advertising media. The landlord must also ensure that the rental unit(s) he/she has to offer is in complete compliance with the housing quality standards of HUD. Moreover, the property must pass the housing quality test conducted by the PHA before it can be rented to a voucher holder seeking affordable housing in Florida.

A Section 8 landlord in Florida can enjoy benefits like free listing services by HUD and PHA, flexibility in choosing a tenant, timely renal payment and support from the law-binding tenants for keeping the dwelling unit well-maintained round the year. By becoming a Section 8 landlord, you do not lose your rights to interview and screen a prospective tenant before selection. Even the housing authority will help you by providing the names and addresses of the tenant's previous landlords and information regarding past inspections. You can refuse to rent a family who does not meet your requirements completely.

How to Become a Section 8 Landlord in Florida

There are no particular requirements to become a Section 8 landlord in Florida. If you own a property that can provide safe, decent and sanitary housing to a tenant, you can become a Section 8 landlord by just informing your housing authority that your property is available for Section 8 voucher holders. Formal application and registration with completed forms may be required at some housing authorities, but the minimum qualifications must be your commitment to abide by the rules and regulations of HUD. You are required to follow its Section 8 guidelines completely while renting your property to approved tenants.

Your property will be listed among the available Section 8 rental units by the housing authority online as well as on the printed advertising material. You can keep your listing posted as long as you want or unless you get a tenant that fulfills your rental requirements. After finding a tenant, you are required to complete the Request for Tenancy Approval and return the same to the HA. It is highly recommended that you protect your SSN or ID number and return the document yourself to the housing authority in order to avoid any possible Section 8 fraud. With the submission of this document, the process of property inspection gets started.

After the inspection process is over, a survey is conducted to see if the rent you have requested is compatible with the fair market rents of the area. Thereafter, you come into a lease agreement with the tenant and a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract is signed between you and the housing authority. The share of the rent to be paid by the housing authority is determined and the date for the tenant to move in the rental unit is fixed. Initially the lease is signed for a minimum period of one year, which can be extended beyond this date to make it a month-to-month lease.

To get detailed information regarding Florida Section 8 Landlord responsibilities, requirements, Application, Guidelines, Rules, Rights, Benefits and so on, check the website of HUD.


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