Landlord Handbook

If you rent to a Section 8 voucher holder or plan to, this section of the website is for you.

The Section 8 program is a joint effort between the landlord, tenant, and Home Forward. We each have a set of responsibilities.

Rockwood Landing

  • Perform all management and rental functions for the assisted unit, including screening and selection of tenants.

  • Maintain the unit in accordance with Housing Quality Standards (HQS), including performance of maintenance.

  • Comply with equal opportunity/fair housing requirements.

  • Prepare information required under the Housing Assistance Payments contract and furnish the information to Home Forward.

  • Collect payment from the tenant for security deposit, their portion of the rent, and any charges for damages to the unit.

  • Enforce the tenant obligations under the lease.

  • Pay for utilities and services agreed upon in the lease.

  • Collecting side payments from Section 8 renters or charging more than Home Forward approves is prohibited.
  • Supply information determined necessary by Home Forward or HUD to administer the program, including completion of scheduled income reviews.

  • Pay utilities that are not supplied by the landlord.

  • Provide and maintain the appliances for which they are responsible.

  • Correct damages inflicted to unit during tenancy.

  • May not commit serious or repeated violations of the lease.

  • Notify Home Forward and the owner 30 (no more than 60) days in advance, prior to moving or terminating the lease.
  • Make rent assistance payments to the landlord in a timely manner.

  • Regularly evaluate family eligibility.

  • Inspect units at least once every two years.

  • Investigate potential fraud or program abuse by tenants or landlords.

  • Provide quality customer service to Section 8 landlords and tenants.

  • Notify landlord of any change in subsidy amount.

We have a team dedicated to assisting you with this process and answering your questions:

Email landlordservices@homeforward.org or call 503.802.8333, option 5.