Public Housing Participant Information

Household Obligations for Public Housing

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  1. The household must supply any information that the Missoula Housing Authority (MHA) or Housing Urban Development (HUD) determines is necessary for the administration of the program. The family must sign and submit consent forms for obtaining this information.
  2. The household must supply any information requested by MHA or HUD for use in a regularly scheduled examination or annual examination (annual recert) or interim examination (interim recert) of household income and composition.
  3. Any information supplied by the household must be true and complete.
  4. The household is responsible for a Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS) breach caused by any of the following:
    • The household fails to pay for any utilities that the owner is not required to pay for, which are to be paid by the tenant;
    • The household fails to provide and maintain any appliances (washer/dryer where applicable) that the owner is not required to provide, but which are to be provided by the tenant; or
    • Any member of the household or guest damages the dwelling unit or premises (damages beyond normal wear and tear)
  5. The household must allow MHA to inspect the unit at reasonable times and after reasonable notice.
  6. The household may not commit any serious or repeated violation of the lease.
  7. The household must provide MHA with 30 days written notice prior to move out date (30 days will be counted from the date which the notice was received)
  8. A late fee of $25 is charged if rent is not received in full by 5:00 pm on the 5th day of each month.
  9. If rent is not received in full by 5:00 pm on the 5th day of each month, the tenant has 14 days in which to pay the rent (in full) to avoid rental termination.
  10. The household must use the assisted unit for residence by the family. The unit must be the family’s only residence.
  11. The household must give written notification to MHA of any changes in income or household composition within 10 days of the change.
  12. The household must give written notification to MHA of the birth, adoption or court awarded custody of a child within 10 days. The household must request MHA approval to add any other household member as an occupant of the unit. No person may move into the unit without the prior, written approval of MHA.
  13. The household must give written notification to MHA if any household member no longer resides in the unit within 10 days of the change.
  14. If MHA has given approval, a foster child or live-in aide may reside in the unit. MHA has the discretion to adopt reasonable policies for denial of these persons.
  15. Members of the household may engage in legal profit making activities in the unit, but only if such activities are incidental to primary use of the unit for residence by members of the household and are permitted under the lease.
  16. The household must not sublease or let the unit.
  17. The household must not assign the lease or transfer the unit.
  18. The household must supply any information or certification requested by MHA to verify that the household is living in the unit.
  19. The household members must not commit fraud, bribery or any other corrupt or criminal act in connection with the program.
  20. The household members may not engage in drug-related criminal activity, or violent criminal activity or any activity that threatens the health, safety or right to peaceful enjoyment of the other persons residing the immediate vicinity of the premises.
  21. An assisted household may not receive Public Housing assistance while receiving another housing subsidy, for the same unit or for a different unit, under any duplicative federal, State or local housing assistance program.
  22. The household member must notify MHA in writing of any extended absence for seven or more days. Written notice must be provided no later than the first day of the absence.

Grounds for Termination of Rental Agreement

  1. Violate any condition set forth in the Household Obligations for Public Housing, Tenant Handbook or Rental Agreement.
  2. Commit fraud (including failure to report income and/or allowing unauthorized persons to reside in the rental), bribery or any corrupt act in connection with any Federal Housing Program.
  3. Commit drug-related criminal activity or violent criminal activity.
  4. Interfere with the health, safety or right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises by other residents.
  5. Breach a repayment agreement or fail to pay outstanding debts to any Housing Authority or rental assistance program.
  6. Have engaged in or threatened abusive or violent behavior toward any MHA personnel or resident.
  7. Fail to sign and submit consent forms for obtaining continuing eligibility verifications.
  8. Have abandoned your unit for more than seven days without informing MHA of your absence.
  9. Have missed two scheduled appointments or one mandatory appointment with MHA without good cause.