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Becoming a Landlord

Getting Started: 

We want to make it simple and easy for landlords to participate in Dothan Housing's Wiregrass Regional Voucher Program (formerly known as Section 8). 

Dothan Housing is not able to directly recommend voucher-holders to your vacancies, but you can list available units with us!

If a tenant approaches you about accepting a Housing Choice Voucher, there are four steps to follow.

 Step 1: Screening

  • Screen the tenant to ensure you are making a good selection.

Step 2: Request for Tendency Approval (RFTA)

  • Tenants will provide the owner/agent a form to fill out called Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA).
  •     You should complete the landlord section of the form, along with the Disclosure of Lead-based Paint form.
  •     Submit to Dothan Housing along with proposed lease for review, once approved by DH you will be contacted to schedule the unit inspection.

Step 3: Inspection

We will inspect the unit to ensure that it meets HUD's Housing Quality Standards. Dothan Housing requests that the landlord be present at the initial inspection.

  • The utilities must be on, and the unit must be ready for occupancy.
  •     The inspector will discuss any repairs that may be necessary with you.

Step 4: Signing of lease and Housing Assistance Payment Contract (HAP)   

  • After your unit passes inspection, and the amount of rent you are charging has been approved, you and the tenant enter into an initial one-year lease.
  •   When all documents from all parties and been signed and received, we release payment to the owner/agent at the first of the month and there afterwards.

About Your Lease Agreement:

  • Landlords use their own lease agreement and the same screening criteria that apply to any other applicants and tenants.
  •   The lease should not be signed and dated until after Dothan Housing's approval. 

Documents Needed: 

Dothan Housing is required by HUD to confirm that housing assistance payments are issued to the legal owner or a legal representative of the owner. To comply with these requirements the Housing Authority will request the following information prior to approval of a HAP contract on a unit:

  • State or federally issued photo ID
  • Proof of ownership in the form of a deed or title to the property to be assisted
  • Copy of a management agreement if the property is managed by a third-party management company or agent. (Proof of ownership is not required if a management agreement is provided)
  • Completed W-9 Form
  • Copy of the most recent mortgage statement indicating that the mortgage is current or a statement that the property does not have a mortgage
  •  Copy of the most recent paid property tax bill indicating that taxes are current
  • Executed direct deposit authorization form
  •  Social Security Card or EIN number for the IRS

The specific documents listed above are required for each property receiving Housing Assistance Payments.

Inspection Process: 

The dwelling unit must pass the program's housing quality standards and be maintained up to those standards as long as the owner receives housing assistance payments. The rent requested must be reasonable and the landlord must not charge the tenant any amount other than what the Dothan Housing has determined to be the tenants' portion of rent.

Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program regulations at 24 CFR Part 982 set forth basic housing quality standards (HQS) which all units must meet before assistance can be paid on behalf of a family and at least annually throughout the term of the assisted tenancy. HQS define "standard housing" and establish the minimum criteria for the health and safety of program participants. Current HQS regulations consist of 13 key aspects of housing quality, performance requirements, and acceptability criteria to meet each performance requirement. HQS includes requirements for all housing types, including single and multi-family dwelling units, as well as specific requirements for special housing types such as manufactured homes, congregate housing, single room occupancy, shared housing, and group residences.

Landlord Incentives: DH has launched our Attracting, Recruiting, and Retaining Landlord Campaign. Landlords who meet the following criteria are eligible for the following landlord incentives.

  •   $300.00 signing bonus per new unit
  •    Application fee's up to $50.00
  •    Security deposits up to first month's rent
  •    Direct access to Landlord Liaison 

The Landlord must bring on a new unit that is not already on the WRVP. The Landlord must sign a 12-month HAP contract to qualify for the Landlord Incentive Program. 

Please note: Transfer of current Section 8 HCV Participants are not eligible.