Landlords

Landlords

THA's Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program works because of the cooperation of thousands of private landlords in Tacoma. THA endeavors to make the Program a profitable, worthwhile and satisfactory arrangement for them. THA's primary responsibility is to pay its share of the rent directly to landlords. As the largest housing subsidy provider in Tacoma, THA pays local landlords about $25 million each year in rent payments. In every Voucher tenancy, the landlord, like THA and the tenant, has rights and responsibilities.

Opportunities & Benefits

  • An owner's willingness to rent to a family that participates in the HCV Program expands the pool of potential tenants available to him or her. An owner will usually have several participants from the program to choose from. Since the Program is voluntary, the landlord retains the right, and the responsibility, to decide whether to rent to a program participant and, if so, which one to select.​​
     
  • At THA's expense, the Tacoma Police Department screens each adult member of a participating family for serious criminal history when they first enter the program. The fact that a participant passes THA's criminal background check, however, does not diminish the landlord's responsibility for selecting their tenant. THA encourages owners and property managers to use the same screening practices for Program participants that they would for any other potential tenant, including running credit histories and checking previous tenancies for problems or troublesome evictions. THA can offer no guarantee that a tenant is suitable. The owner or property manager must determine that for him or herself.
     
  • The voucher makes the rent affordable to the tenant. This makes rent defaults less likely.
     
  • Each month, THA mails the landlord a check covering THA's share of the rent.
     
  • Rental rates are based upon fair market rents.
     
  • THA inspects the rented unit for Housing Quality Standards prior to initial lease up and once a year thereafter at no cost to the landlord.
     
  • Tenant participants are expected to comply with the lease. THA can terminate them from the program for serious or repeated lease violations.
     
  • Landlords can charge security deposits and late fees as long as they are consistent with charges made to private market renters.
     
  • By renting to voucher holders, landlords help provide quality and affordable housing opportunities for families in our community.

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Owner Rights and Responsibilities

Owners who rent to a voucher participant have important rights and responsibilities. Most of these are the same as those that apply in unsubsidized tenancies.

The owner has the right to:

  • Set reasonable rules about tenant behavior and use of the unit and common areas
     
  • Require a security deposit
     
  • Receive payment of rent in full and on time
     
  • Require the tenant to refrain from damaging the property
     
  • Take legal action to evict a voucher holder for lease violations

The owner has the responsibility to:

  • Screen prospective tenants and determine whether they would be good tenants
     
  • Maintain the property in good condition
     
  • Provide the voucher holder with information about lead-based paint in the unit
     
  • Complete needed repairs within a reasonable time. Complete emergency repairs within 24 hours. These include no hot or cold water, heat, electricity or a condition which is imminently hazardous to life
     
  • Give the tenant 48 hours notice before entering the unit, except for emergencies
     
  • Comply with Washington State Landlord-Tenant Law
     
  • Comply with the lease and Housing Assistance Payments Contract
     
  • Send THA a copy of any written notices or communications he has had with the tenant, especially about lease violations
     
  • Submit requests to THA for rent increases in writing at least 60 days prior to the participant's anniversary date and to notify the tenant of the request

 

For information on Fair Housing  

Pierce County offers information on the comon gudielines for Landlords and Building Managers

Check out their resource page:

https://www.co.pierce.wa.us/3408/Fair-Housing-Resources