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Do you have to wait until your lease is up for a Section 8 transfer?

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Families in Section 8 housing wanting to transfer to another housing unit must follow the termination provisions of their current lease. Usually families are able to move when their lease expires and they give 30 to 60 days notice.

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The Section 8 housing choice voucher program allows families to move from one unit to another if they follow the terms of their existing lease, notify the local public housing agency in advance, and find alternative housing that meets the requirements of the housing program. Families receiving new housing vouchers who were living in the local public housing agency's jurisdiction when they applied for housing aid may find housing anywhere in the United States, but families living outside the public housing agency's jurisdiction when their aid application is accepted must first live for 12 months in the local area before they move.

The public housing agency enters into a contract, and the tenant signs a lease with the landlord for an initial period of at least 12 months when moving into section 8 housing. When the first lease expires, the landlord and tenant may agree on a month-to-month rental agreement or another lengthy lease. When coming to the end of yearly leases, tenants must give landlords a 30-day notice before leaving, but in month-to-month rental agreements, the notice period may be 30 to 60 days, depending on the terms of the agreement.

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