The role of the Section 8 Program is to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing to a tenant at a reasonable rent. The owner is expected to provide the services agreed to as part of the lease signed with the family and the contract signed with the Housing Authority. The tenant’s rental subsidy, known as the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP), is paid directly to the property owner or designated payee each month. No charges or fees are assessed to owners for services provided under the Section 8 Program. Participating property owners comply with HUD regulations, but retain control of most of the rights and responsibilities traditionally held by property owners.
The unit must pass the program's Housing Quality Standards (HQS) and be maintained up to those standards as long as the owner receives HAP. In addition, the owner is expected to provide the services agreed to as part of the lease signed with the family and the contract signed with the Housing Authority. Owners are responsible for maintaining the unit and making repairs as needed, in accordance with the terms and conditions of the lease HAP contract, including HQS.