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Effective April 6, OHFA has implemented virtual Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspections for new units only. Virtual Inspections Guidance
OHFA has issued draft annual and 5-Year Plans. A public hearing will be held May 19 at 11 am at OHFA offices regarding the plans.
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Landlords in the Housing Choice Voucher program provide families with a healthy, safe and affordable place to live. The dwelling unit must pass Housing Quality Standards and be maintained up to those standards as long as the owner receives housing assistance payments. In addition, the landlord is expected to provide the services agreed to as part of the lease signed with the tenant and the contract signed with OHFA.
Anyone wishing to rent to a person with a Section 8 voucher should indicate in their advertising that they welcome Section 8 voucher-holders. OHFA utilizes www.gosection8.com for landlords to list available properties. Section 8 voucher-holders are referred to this site when searching for available housing.
Landlords must screen the Section 8 voucher-holder just as you would any other prospective tenant. The rent requested for the unit must be reasonable as compared to similar unassisted units in the area.
The unit must pass a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection before a Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) Contract is approved and rental assistance is paid by OHFA. Landlords must comply with the terms of the HAP Contract and applicable regulations. Landlords must also enforce their lease, ensure the unit continues to comply with HQS requirements, and collect the tenant’s portion of rent.