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How To Become A Section 8 Landlord

The first thing in becoming a landlord with the Housing Authority of the City of Fort Myers' Section 8 program is to review the Owner's Information Packet. You may stop by the office to pick up this packet, request to have it mailed to you or download below. This packet will include a Sample of HUD's Housing Assistance Payment Contract, IRS-W-9 form, Landlord Information questionnaire and Inspection requirements. If you are interested in listing your property, Owners can register their properties at GoSection8.Com Click Here To Register,. Follow the instructions
to create a user name and password.

Mail: Housing Authority of the City of Ft Myers, 4224 Renaissance Preserve Way, Fort Myers, FL. 33916
Fax: (239) 332-6667

Step 1: Listing your vacant property with the Section 8 office

Please complete the Landlord Vacancy form below and send to our office. Your property will be placed on a list of available units for 2 months. It will be removed from our vacancy listings unless you resubmit the vacancy listing again. Interested Section 8 families will receive copies of these listings as they begin their search for their next unit. It is ultimately the family's housing choice to decide where they wish to live. Listing your property does not guarantee a tenant.

Step 2: Ensure you are registered with GoSection8.Com

Step 3: Schedule an Inspection of the Unit

Once the HACFM has received the paperwork from either the tenant or landlord, an inspection will be scheduled within the next 5 to 10 days. The tenant should not move in to the unit until it passes inspection and the rental appraisal committee has approved the rental price. Below you will find an inspection guide called "A Good Place to Live" for your review. These are some of the items to be inspected. If the unit fails inspection, the landlord will receive an itemized list describing the deficiencies that must be corrected. Once the unit has been repaired, the landlord will contact the inspection department to arrange a reinspection appointment.

Step 4: Rent Price must be approved by the Rental Appraisal Committee

The Rental Appraisal Committee (RAC) must determine if the requested rent amount is comparable to the unassisted units in the local market. We cannot approve a rent amount that exceeds local market practices. Although a family may have been issued a Voucher with a higher payment standard, this serves as a guide to determine maximum subsidy. However, we must still conduct rent reasonable surveys to make sure rents stay in line with local housing market prices.

Step 5: Landlord and Tenant sign a 12-month Lease Agreement

After the unit has passed inspection, and rental price has been approved, the landlord and tenant must determine the "move-in date" in order to enter into a 12-month Lease Agreement. Keep in mind that the term of the lease cannot begin prior to an approved inspection date. A copy of the signed lease agreement is submitted to the HACFM so we may prepare a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Contract with the owner. Keep in mind that if the lease begins after the 1st day of the month, the first month's rent will be prorated based on how many days are left. This partial month will be considered as the 1st month out of the 12 month lease. The lease should end on the last day of the 12th month.

Step 6: Landlord signs the Housing Assistance Payment Contract

Once the Section 8 department has a copy of the signed lease, we will prepare the HAP Contract. The effective date of the HAP Contract must match the dates on the lease. The Lease and Contract cannot exceed 12 months. The HACFM will hold any payments due an owner until the HAP Contract is signed.

Step 7: HAP checks are issued

The monthly check run for landlord payments are processed only on the 1st day of each month. Any retroactive payments that were held during this moving process and waiting for Contract signatures will now be auto-invoiced for payment. HAP checks are disbursed automatically on the 1st of each month. Landlords will now manage their rental properties during the term of the lease and Contract.

Special Reminder:

Please make sure to obtain a full copy of the HAP Contract (HUD form 52641). This is a 3-part document. Part B addresses a lot of the terms and conditions of the Contract. The initial Contract Rent amount cannot be changed during the 1st 12-months. However, the amount that is paid by the tenant and Housing Authority is subject to change according to the family's income. Also, if the family moves out, the contract terminates immediately. If the family has committed any violations to the regulations such as fraud, unreported income, criminal or drug related charges, their assistance may be terminated. Termination of family assistance is also grounds to terminate the HAP Contract.

If the property is sold to a new owner, the new owner must abide by the existing terms of the contract. The HACFM will transfer payments to the new owner.

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