Landlords in the Housing Choice Voucher program provide families with a healthy, safe and affordable place to live. The dwelling unit must pass Housing Quality Standards and be maintained up to those standards as long as the owner receives housing assistance payments. In addition, the landlord is expected to provide the services agreed to as part of the lease signed with the tenant and the contract signed with OHFA.
The Housing Choice Voucher Handbook explains how the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program works in detail. The handbook and its accompanying documents may be found here
All dwellings must pass Housing Quality Standards and be maintained up to those standards as long as the owner received housing assistance payments.
Landlords can create and manage a personalized property owner account through the AssistanceCheck portal. Here, property owners can review payments and inspection Information.
To rent to a person with a Section 8 voucher, you should indicate in the advertising of your property that you welcome Section 8 voucher holders. OHFA utilizes www.gosection8.com for landlords to list available properties. Section 8 voucher-holders are referred to this site when searching for available housing.
Landlords must screen Section 8 voucher-holders just as you would any other prospective tenant.
The rent requested for the unit must be reasonable as compared to similar unassisted units in the area.
The unit must pass a Housing Quality Standards inspection before a Housing Assistance Payments contract is approved and rental assistance is paid by OHFA.
Landlords must comply with the terms of the HAP Contract and applicable regulations.
Landlords must also enforce their lease, ensure the unit continues to comply with HQS requirements, and collect the tenant’s portion of rent.
Learn more about how the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program works in detail in the Participant Handbook.
Use HAPCheck™ , a secure on-line system for Section 8 landlords to verify that correct HAP payments have been deposited into their bank account. Review payments as far back as 18 months.
Committing fraud to obtain assisted housing is a crime and could result in eviction, monetary fines, incarceration or other penalties. Click below to report tenant or landlord fraud related to Section 8 fraud in Oklahoma.