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Section 8 Frequently Asked Questions

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How is rent set for voucher programs?
Does MHA pay my rental assistance to me or my landlord?
Can the amount of a voucher be increased?
What happens if my unit needs repairs?
What if my apartment owner wants me to move?
I was told that as a Section 8 participant, I have certain “family obligations” to the MHA, separate from my lease with my landlord. What does this involve?
The Section 8 Lease: Can I lose my Section 8/Leased Housing voucher because of drug-related or violent criminal activity by a family member or guest? Is there any limitation on where this takes place?
The Section 8 Lease: What’s in my lease with my landlord?
The Section 8 Lease: Are there things I should watch out for?
The Section 8 Lease: How long do voucher holders have to find housing?
The Section 8 Lease: What are the requirements for eligible housing?
The Section 8 Lease: How often is my income reviewed?
The Section 8 Lease: How long can I remain in the rental assistance (Section 8) program?
The Section 8 Lease: Can I move and continue to receive Housing Choice voucher assistance?
Inspections: What happens if my apartment does not pass inspection?
Inspections: The apartment that I would like to move in to has failed inspection several times, should I look for another apartment?
Inspections: How long is an inspection?
Inspections: During an inspection, what will the inspector look at?
Inspections: Do tenants get a copy of the inspection report when it’s completed?
Inspections: Does the MHA Inspector test for lead paint?
Inspections: I have a 5-year-old child. I see paint peeling around the building. Is this a violation?
Inspections: I own a building that was constructed before 1978. What are my responsibilities as it relates to the How long is an inspection? Lead Paint Laws?
Inspections: How often does the MHA inspect a unit?
Inspections: Is the inspector responsible for moving furniture?
Inspections: How can I be proactive during the inspection?
Inspections: My inspector is late or did not arrive. What do I do next?
Inspections: Can the inspector call me when he/she is on the way to my home?