FAQs: HCV Participants
- How does this program work?
- Under the HCV Program, DBHA makes a monthly payment directly to the landlord on behalf of the family. This payment is known as the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP). In some cases, the family will be required to pay the landlord a portion of the contract rent. Once the family identifies a suitable unit, the family and landlord will be asked to complete a Request for Tenancy Approval (RTA) form and packet.
When all required documents are received in our office, a housing inspector will contact the landlord to schedule an initial inspection of the unit. The lease agreement must begin after the unit passes Housing
Quality Standards (HQS) inspection.
Important to note is that the Housing Authority is not a party to the lease. Upon receiving the executed lease agreement, the HCV staff will send a HAP Contract to the landlord. The HAP Contract must be executed between the landlord and DBHA. No payments can be made until the HAP Contract isexecuted.
- Can the landlord raise the rent?
- When the landlord is permitted to request a rent increase, we will determine whether the requested rent is reasonable.
Approved rent increases will go into effect on the first of the month following the 60 day period after the owner notifies DBHA or any later date specified by the owner.