Will I have to sign a lease?
If you are offered a house or apartment and accept it, you will have to sign a lease with the WHA. You may have to give the WHA a security deposit. You and the WHA representative will go over the lease together. This will give you a better understanding of your responsibilities as a tenant and the WHA's responsibilities as a landlord.
How long can I stay in public housing?
In general, you may stay in public housing as long as you comply with the lease and are within income guidelines.
Tenancy may be terminated for serious and/or repeated violation of material terms of the lease agreement.
The most common causes of lease termination are as follows:
- Failure to pay rent
- Failure to pay charges other than rent (maintenance repair costs, late fees, repayment agreements, or other charges as applicable)
- Drug-related criminal activity on or off WHA premises
- Disruptive, violent, or criminal behavior that threatens the health, safety or right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises
- Unit damage/destruction
- Failure to maintain the unit in a decent, safe and sanitary condition
- Assignment of lease, subletting of premises, or providing accommodations for persons not on the lease
- Failure to appear for scheduled appointments or failure to provide information to management for continued occupancy recertifications (“family obligations”)
- Failure to properly prepare unit for extermination as required by instructions issued.
Note: The above listing is not all inclusive of evictable violations. Violation of any material term of the lease agreement may be grounds for lease termination/eviction.
How is rent determined?
Rent is determined based on household income. Typically, renters pay about 30% of adjusted income, or 10% of gross household income. Rent is calculated in accordance with HUD regulations.
What is an Annual Recertification?
One year from your initial lease you will be required by HUD regulations to attend an annual certification appointment.
- ALL family members 18 years of age or older must be in attendance.
- HUD requires mandatory documents to be supplied & completed by each tenant (Current proof of income for all sources for all family members & any changes to family composition).
- Appointment letter will outline what is required to submit and complete, prepare before appointment.
- Failure to be prepared or failure to attend this appointment will result in either raising your rent to Flat Rent amount or Eviction.