To become a participating owner, all you need to do is to lease your rental unit to a Section 8 voucher holder. Generally, owners cannot rent to relatives under the Section 8 program (although the Housing Authority may grant an exception as a reasonable accommodation to a disability). The Housing Authority will require you to provide proof of ownership of the rental property, and to certify that the rent you charge the Section 8 voucher holder is the same as what you currently charge unassisted tenant families. The Housing Authority must verify your eligibility to become a Section 8 owner, and may disapprove you for reasons such as: if you have engaged in drug trafficking, committed fraud in connection to a federal housing program, or been debarred by HUD from participating as an owner under the Section 8 program.
Owner obligations under Section 8 are similar to the obligations of an owner renting in the private market. You handle the tenant’s screening for suitability for tenancy. You must maintain the rental property in good condition according to housing quality standards, making repairs as needed. You must pay for utilities, maintenance and services as specified in your lease with the tenant. You are required to adhere to the lease, and to the Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contract, including the HUD Tenancy Addendum, which is your agreement with the Housing Authority. You must also comply with applicable fair housing laws.