The basic landlord responsibilities are outlined below:
- Performing all of the property owner’s obligations under the Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contract and the lease.
- Performing all management and rental functions for the assisted unit, including selecting a voucher-holder to lease the unit and deciding if the family is suitable for tenancy of the unit.
- Maintaining the unit in accordance with the Housing Quality Standards (HQS) including performance of ordinary and extraordinary maintenance.
- Complying with Fair Housing requirements.
- Preparing and furnishing to the Public Housing Authority (PHA) information required under the HAP contract.
- Collecting the security deposit, the tenant’s contribution of rent (the portion of rent not covered by PHA housing assistance) and any charges for unit damage.
- Enforcing tenant obligations under the dwelling lease.
- Paying for utilities and services (unless paid by the family under the lease).
- Making modifications to a dwelling unit occupied or to be occupied by a disabled person [24 CFR 100.203].
The PHA also elects the following additional requirements to the HQS:
- Water test for rural areas not tied to a city system.
- Heating inspection by a licensed heating and air contractor on the furnace system required every two years.