Aside from the retention of good tenants perhaps otherwise unable to afford the unit, the program provides an owner or landlord with:
- Guaranteed rent, together with an opportunity to fill vacant units.
- There is no annual adjustment factor for the Housing Choice Voucher Program. Rent increases are not limited by the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority. Rent increases have to be requested 60 days prior to the anniversary date of the lease. A Rent Reasonableness test is performed to determine if rents are reasonable as compared to unassisted units. Tenants may be responsible for the increase in rent.
- An incentive to rehabilitate substandard buildings.
- Contribution to the community by addressing a portion of very low-income housing needs through the utilization of existing housing stock.
In exchange for these benefits, the landlord is requested to
- Agree to a manual inspection by the Authority confirming housing quality standards.
- Notify the tenant and Authority in writing of proposed eviction, at least 20 days in advance.
- Comply with standard nondiscrimination and affirmative marketing requirements.
Note: There are NO requirements to renegotiate a lease after its expiration if the owner or landlord is dissatisfied with the program.
There are NO requirements to lease additional units under the program after leasing one. Any type of rental housing qualifies (single-family homes, apartments, and mobile homes) provided it meets applicable program standards.
See below helpful HQS, Landlord, and Inspections resources.
HUD Housing Quality Standards (HQS)
City of Portsmouth Rental Housing Inspection program
Fair Housing Handbook.
Lead-Based Paint Regulations.
Preventing and Getting Rid of Bedbugs
If you need additional information, please contact our office (757-399-5261) and speak with any member of the Housing Choice Voucher staff.
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Is the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority looking for a number of available units in the City of Portsmouth?
The Authority is looking for as many available units as possible to ensure a range of opportunities for program participants.
Is the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority looking for specific areas or a specific number of units?
The Authority is looking at the City at large to ensure that no one area or community will be adversely affected or impacted by the program.
Is the government going to keep this program going and what is the duration?
The Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority will enter into Annual Contracts with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The duration of the program is contingent upon decisions made by Congress.
Will you be able to select the tenants you want?
The lease for a unit is between the owner and tenant holding a Housing Voucher. The final decision on selection of a tenant will be made by the apartment owner and/or manager; normal State and Federal fair housing laws prohibiting discrimination in the rental of housing would apply in any event.
Are the people screened by the Authority?
The Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority determine eligibility to include criminal history checks and verification of income and family composition.
It is the responsibility of landlords and/or property owners to screen applicants, review background and credit history and to do pre-home visits and/or obtain references to determine housekeeping practices, etc.
What are the owner's responsibilities?
Landlords, an/or property owners are responsible for normal landlord functions during the lease term including but not limited to lease enforcement, maintenance, rent collection, tenant selection, and screening.
Is the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority responsible for conduct matters?
Conduct matters are governed by the provisions of the lease agreement as executed between the landlord and the tenant. The Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority is not a party to the lease agreement.
If you make your unit available, can you put another tenant in when someone vacates?
Yes. However, to be eligible for a subsidy, the new tenant must also be a voucher holder.
Would you provide information concerning inspections?
Authority staff will make all inspections. The inspection will have to meet Housing Quality Standards incorporated in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Regulations. In the event, a unit fails to meet these standards a letter stating deficiencies will be sent to the owner so that he or she may make the necessary corrections. A copy of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Housing Quality Standards Inspection booklet is attached as a reference guide.
May the landlord's current lease be utilized in the program?
Yes. The landlord is required to provide a lease that must first be submitted to the Authority for approval; if it does not contain all provisions required by both law and program regulations, a HUD Tenancy Addendum will be incorporated with the lease to address these concerns.
Is the landlord guaranteed a tenant?
No, property owners can request to have their vacant units placed on our courtesy referral list. The list is made available to participants as a source to assist them in seeking suitable housing.