What Are the Section 8 Tenant Rules?


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A tenant in Section 8 housing must locate the property on his own, provide the landlord the necessary Section 8 paperwork, pay the security deposit and pay the tenant's portion of the rent. Tenants must also adhere to their lease agreements, and advise Section 8 of family size or income changes.

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Section 8 housing allows for qualified people to obtain vouchers to help pay for housing. The tenant receives a housing-choice voucher that allows him to search for private housing within the specified rental market. The tenant is responsible for finding his own housing, and HUD then inspects the unit to make sure the unit meets the housing quality standards set out by the government. Section 8 pays the majority of the tenant's rent, but the tenant is responsible for paying a percentage of the rent that is based on the tenant's annual income.

Tenants are also required to notify the local Section 8 office when they intend to move out of their units. They must also give notice to their landlords. Extenuating circumstances allow for a Section 8 tenant to move out before his lease expires. In regards to month-to-month leases, tenants must give either 30- or 60-days' notice.

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