The following is a guide for Section 8 applications. This is a general guide; some regulations will vary from state to state.
Determine if You are Qualified
Calculate if your earnings qualify you for the Section 8 program. The Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has certain limits and restrictions. Generally, your income cannot exceed 80% of the median income range for your area. Applicants with a criminal record are usually considered with the exception of registered sex offenders and individuals who’ve ever been convicted of specific drug-related offenses, such as establishing or operating a methamphetamine lab.
However, some states may have other requirements. To be sure, get in touch with your local housing administrator. There are also regional offices that provide aid to centers to determine eligibility.
With your housing counselor, fill out the Section 8 application form. The names, sex, ages and dates of birth of all the residents are required. Contact information and address must also be set down. The income for the previous year and the next year has to be included also.
Bank statements have to be included as well. The name and address of the banking institution are also needed. The name and address of your employer are also required. The name and address of your present landlord must also be stated.
Review the data you put in the application form. Do not forget to have your local counselor make a photocopy of all the records and documents. Do not forget to file the bank and income statements with the application form.
Call your counselor after a week to check the status of the application. Make sure you have all your personal and financial records ready. In some cases, additional documents may be required. It is very important for the application form to reflect your current income and employment status.
Important Laws on Section 8 Housing
A landlord can evict the tenant by going to court. This is the only way to get a valid HUD eviction. Among the legitimate reasons for eviction include nonpayment of rent and failure to follow the complex regulations. The family is also obligated to report any changes in their financial standing.
Landlords are also allowed to screen potential tenants. Any criteria may be used provided it is in accordance with the law. Landlords who take in Section 8 tenants will have to subject these complexes to regular inspections.
Do not hesitate to ask your local housing counselor for guidance as you fill up the Section 8 application form. As the rules vary from state to state, make sure to look up the laws in your state.