If you rent to a Section 8 voucher holder or plan to, this section of the website is for you.
Being a Section 8 landlord helps low-income families afford decent housing where they can feel safe.
- Families are awarded a Housing Choice Voucher, permitting them to find suitable housing of their choice from private market and non-profit landlords.
- Home Forward pays a set amount, directly to the landlord, and the renter pays the difference.
- Other than expecting a portion of the rent regularly each month from Home Forward, you have the same type of renter-landlord relationship that you have with non-Section 8 renters.
- The Section 8 program annually contributes over $50 million in rents to Multnomah County. Over 2,600 landlords and nearly 9,400 households currently participate.
- You can collect market rate rents, and apply reasonable rent increases.
- You may require reasonable security deposits and late fees.
- You are able to effectively screen and select tenants. If known, Home Forward can provide information about prospective tenants’ current and prior addresses and their landlords information upon request.
- Strict renter responsibilities are defined in the lease addendum.
- You will experience low tenant turnover, as high tenant demand promotes full occupancy and longevity.
- You have the discretion to not renew a tenant’s lease when it expires.
- Home Forward conducts annual or biennial inspections of the apartment.
- On-time direct-deposit payments from Home Forward increase your rent security.
- You will receive guaranteed, on-time payment of rent, even when the tenant experiences financial hardship such as job loss or catastrophic event.
- Home Forward pays more towards a tenant’s rent in in areas with higher market rents, known as areas of opportunity .
- The maximum subsidy we can provide is called a payment standard. We base our payment standards on market rates within nine neighborhoods defined by zip codes. For example, the maximum subsidy for a two-bedroom apartment in outer southeast Portland is $832, while the subsidy for a two-bedroom apartment in downtown or northwest Portland is up to $1,114.
- Payment standards do not restrict landlord rents. Landlord rents have to be reasonable compared to rents for similar units in the same market area.
- If you have not worked with Home Forward in the last 24 month, you will earn a one-time $200 incentive when you rent to a voucher-holder.
- You will receive the payment automatically when we receive your signed agreement with us for that tenant.
Effective July 1, 2014, the State of Oregon provides a type of “insurance” policy for landlords who rent to Section 8 voucher holders called the Housing Choice Landlord Guarantee Program, administered by the Oregon Housing and Community Services department.
- Pay the tenant share of the rent to the owner in a timely and consistent manner
- Meet all the conditions of the lease
- Pay a security deposit
- Permit reasonable inspections by Home Forward and by the property owner
- Give Home Forward notice of any change in income, household size, or intent to move as per HUD regulations
- Cooperate with Home Forward’s review of income
- Refrain from criminal activity
- peeling or flaking paint
- unsafe or rotted porches
- cracked or broken windows
- improper flue ventilation on hot water tank
- weak or broken floor boards
- extension cord outlets
- exposed plumbing
- missing electrical outlet covers or switch plates
- inoperable smoke detectors
- Periodic Landlord Trainings, covering topics like Oregon landlord/tenant law, Section 8 procedures, unit maintenance, lead-based paint issues, etc.
- Compliance Investigation to ensure a fair program for everyone. We actively investigate reports of program abuse. If you have a reasonable assumption of program abuse, call our investigation hotline at (503) 802-8571.