Prospective landlords generally are contacted by Housing Choice Voucher holders who are searching for a place to live. The process of becoming a Housing Choice landlord is outlined below.
The landlord verifies the family as a valid, current Housing Choice Voucher issued by the Garland Housing Agency. The landlord screens the prospective tenant using normal screening procedures.
The landlord completes the "Request for Lease Packet". This provides GHA with preliminary information about the rental unit, including the address of the unit, rent requested, bedroom size, who is responsible for paying each utility, and the date the lease is requested to begin.
Both the landlord and prospective tenant should inspect the unit using the "Inspection Checklist" provided in the request for lease packet. The checklist will need to be returned to GHA to schedule an inspection.
Once the unit passes inspection, the GHA will complete a one year contract with the landlord and tenant. If the unit does not pass, the landlord is given an opportunity to make the necessary repairs in order for the unit to pass.
When the GHA receives the signed contracts by the tenant, landlord, and Agency Director and the tenant has moved in, the GHA will begin making its share of the agreed monthly rent payment directly to the landlord.
For important information and to get a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the key partners within the HCV (Housing Choice Voucher) program please watch the Landlord Briefing Presentation located here.
If you have any questions or need further information regarding the Housing Choice Voucher program, please contact us.