Property Owner Responsibilities

Rental property owners who participate in the JHA’s Section 8 program must...

  • Screen and select tenants.
  • Provide a lease that conforms to all state and local laws as well as to the Section 8 program’s HAP contract.
  • Maintain the rental unit in compliance with HUD Housing Quality Standards.
  • Collect the tenant’s portion of the rent. The JHA pays the subsidized portion of the monthly rent directly to the owner—generally this is the difference between a predetermined payment standard and 30 percent of the tenant’s adjusted monthly household income.
  • Comply with all requirements of the HAP contract and lease. The terms of a lease cannot be changed without the JHA’s written acknowledgement.

Per federal requirements, property rented to Section 8 tenants is reinspected annually by the JHA.

It is illegal for property owners to discriminate based on prospective tenants’ age, race, sex, religion, disability or national origin. It is also illegal to deny tenancy based on the fact that a household has a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher subsidy.

For more information about Section 8 please contact Valerie Goris, Section 8 Coordinator at (401) 231- 2007.

 Other useful links:

HUD website

Lead Based Paint Information 

RI Tenant and Owner Handbook


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Landlord Information

If you are a prospective landlord in the Johnston Housing HCV Program, please review these detail.

You can also download a copy of a request for tenancy form for your prospective tenant.