Yes. Landlords may utilize their own lease agreements or they can choose to utilize the EPHA model lease. If you decide to use your own lease agreement, there must be a provision in it for automatic continuation of the lease terms after the initial required one-year lease period.
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No. All persons who receive financial help through the EPHA made an application when the wait list was opened and have waited their turn on the list.
Our vacancy list is a means of free advertising. You may list it on our vacancy list by calling the office at 698-4718 and providing this information about the unit:
You may also email LaToya Brown.
Yes. To some degree, we can give you information about the family statistics and if they are in compliance with their obligations under our housing program. If you want information about whether they pay their rent on time or cause property damage, etc., you must contact their current and/or previous landlord.
You cannot charge more than the unit would bring on the open market. We do have payment standard guidelines according to family size. A family can rent a unit that is above their payment standard; however, they will pay the difference dollar for dollar. At the point that they would be spending more than 40% of their income, use of the unit would be denied. Also, the higher rent must be reasonable compared to similar units on the open market.
No. We do not inspect units until you have a voucher family selected and the preliminary paperwork is turned in (Request for Tenancy Approval). We do a preliminary calculation to be sure the rent amount does not cost the family more than 40% of their income. Inspections are usually scheduled within three to five working days from the date the Request for Tenancy Approval form is submitted to the EPHA office.
No. We encourage you to screen the tenant and collect a full deposit. It is also permissible for you to collect an extra amount as a pet deposit. You are not permitted to collect a deposit that is above the customary practice for our geographical area. One month's rent is, for the most part, the standard customary practice.
Of course, you should screen the potential tenant based upon past patterns of behavior of property damages and timely rental payments. You should also review your policy on visitors, their frequency, and if and how long they may spend the night. You also will want to review your policies about pets and fees for late rent payments.
No. We have established the maximum the family can afford based upon their income. Asking them to pay extra amounts not stated on the lease agreement is considered fraud.
Yes. All rents are due on the first of each month. What we see most is a flat fee, usually $25, if rent is not paid by the fifth of the month. Our experience with daily rate penalties is that it leaves room for argument if the penalty is assessed from the second or the sixth.
No. We still expect our landlords to be the landlord and take responsibility for enforcing the lease agreement. If the situation warrants eviction, as the landlord you must follow procedures as established by state statute. We do require you to give our office copies of any eviction or termination notices you serve. In some cases, we can assist with problems, especially if it is a violation of our program rules.