MHA works with over 300 landlords to provide housing for approximately 900 families. Tenants pay a portion of the rent, and MHA enters into a contract with the landlord to pay rent on behalf of the tenant. Each unit must pass inspection before leasing and at least annually thereafter.

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  • Information about inspections

How to Become a Section 8 Landlord

Our rental assistance programs rely on private landlords willing to rent to our tenants. MHA does not have a formal application process for landlords. The tenants in our program look for housing of their choice and apply to the landlord. If a landlord has not worked with MHA before but wants to consider leasing to the family, he or she can view the New Landlord Information page (this information is also available by contacting MHA and requesting the New Landlord Information Packet).

For a landlord and unit to be approved for an assisted tenancy, the rent must be reasonable, the unit must pass health and safety inspection, and the lease must be for at least six months initially. Our assistance is based on federally determined Payment Standards (PDF), and so the landlord must complete and submit our request for tenancy approval (RFT) packet so that MHA staff can confirm its affordability. In some cases, the family may not be approved.

If the rent is too high, can the family pay the rest?

NO. Federal law forbids “side deals” or extra payments above and beyond the rent.

MHA reviews the RFT and schedules the inspection within 1-2 business days of receiving it. We expect the landlord to hold the unit for the tenant during this brief approval process. We do not allow tenants to have more than one RFT packet in process at a time, ensuring the landlord that the tenant will be ready to lease the unit once approved.