Providing Affordable Housing in the Pikes Peak Region

Landlord Information

Landlord Inspection Handbook (Adobe pdf)

Housing Choice Voucher Program Owner/Landlord Guide (Adobe pdf)

Violence Against Women Act 2013 (VAWA) (Adobe pdf)


Rentals

Landlords: Follow this link to a page where you can submit a unit that you have available for rent online. We still encourage you to have a paper copy on hand at our main office available for applicants and tenants to look at in our books. Please follow this link to download a Rental Property Form (Adobe pdf) and fax it to us at 719-632-7807, to put in the 3-ring binders in our lobby.


Landlord Workshop Dates

Workshops will be held once each quarter. Please refer to the schedule below and RSVP to jmc@csha.us or 719-387-6701.


Five Easy Steps to Becoming a Section 8 Landlord

As a participating owner in the Section 8 Voucher Program, you must maintain the rental unit in compliance with local housing codes as well as Federal Housing Quality Standard (HQS) guidelines. It is the owner’s responsibility to screen and select a tenant, execute the lease, sign the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract with the Colorado Springs Housing Authority, collect a security deposit and collect the family’s portion of the rent.

  1. Owner or Landlord lists a rental unit

  2. Tenant chooses unit

  3. Owner or Landlord and Tenant complete RTA packet, return to CSHA with proposed lease

  4. CHSA approves request and schedules inspection of unit

  5. Housing Assistance contracts (HAP), lease signed


Landlord Information

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program is designed to help families with low to moderate income rent houses that are decent, safe, and sanitary. The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program provides for direct monthly payments to the property owner on behalf of the qualified family. The Section 8 Housing Choice Program subsidy covers the difference between 30% of the tenant's adjusted gross income and the contract rent, up to the payment standard.
The established payment standards include utilities. If the rent, plus utilities, exceeds the established payment standard per bedroom size, the family will be responsible for the additional cost, BUT they cannot spend more than 40% of their adjusted gross monthly income on housing.

Landlord Responsibilities

Request for Lease Approval

Once the landlord has decided to rent the prospective unit to a Housing Authority client, the landlord must complete a Request for Tenancy Approval Form and documents in the landlord move-in packet. After this is completed, the tenant will submit the completed packet to the Housing Specialist at the Housing Authority for review. The Housing Specialist will contact the prospective landlord, confirm the information on the Request for Tenancy Approval and set a date and time for move-in inspection.

Miscellaneous

The lease is between the landlord and the tenant. The Housing Authority does not enter into the lease. The landlord does sign a Housing Assistance Payment Contract with the Housing Authority.
The landlord can call the Housing Manager to request an interim inspection at any time, if you feel that the tenant is not maintaining the unit in a decent, safe, sanitary condition.


Move-In Inspection

The Housing Authority will inspect the unit to make sure it is safe, decent, and sanitary. Examples:

Inspection Checklist

The Housing Authority will inspect the following eight areas for HQS compliance:

The Housing Inspector must verify the following Conditions: