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For Current and New Landlords

We appreciate your interest in learning more about becoming a landlord in our Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, which provides rental payment subsidies on behalf of eligible very low-income families and individuals.

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program is a three-way partnership between City of Mesa Housing Authority (MHA), the landlord, and the Section 8 assisted family. While MHA enters into a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract with the landlord to pay a rental subsidy on behalf of a family, the lease is between the landlord and tenant only, just as in any renter/owner relationship. MHA is not a party to the lease.

Once MHA approves the unit and determines that the rent is reasonable as regulated by HUD, the unit is required to pass a Housing Quality Standards Inspection.

Once the unit has passed inspection, MHA will enter into a Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract with the landlord to pay a portion of the rent determined by MHA and allowed under program policy.  MHA must enter into a HAP contract with the landlord prior to paying subsidy on behalf of a tenant. 

The Section 8 assisted family may also be responsible for paying a portion of their rent, which is paid directly by the family to the landlord.

MHA is not responsible for damages caused by, or the behavior of Section 8 assisted tenants. 

The landlord and the assisted families have certain requirements and responsibilities as participants in the Section 8 program, established through federal program regulation.  All Section 8 landlords are required to attend a landlord briefing to familiarize themselves with the local and federal requirements as well as the responsibilities of the families as it relates to their tenancy.  Click on the links below for additional requirements and information.

If you are interested in renting your property through the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, but would like to learn more about the landlord responsibilities and requirements, you may contact the administrative office via email at Section8Landlords@mesaaz.gov.

Landlord Briefing [PPTX]

 

Landlord Email Address

Landlords can now contact Housing & Community Development directly by using our new landlord email address.  Please send any payment inquiries and/or general questions to Section8Landlords@MesaAZ.gov.  Inquiries regarding inspections can be answered via the Partner Portal.

Partner Portal

Our online Partner Portal will allow you to view and print direct deposit statements, scheduled inspections and inspection results, newsletters, forms, as well as other pertinent information.  For any questions or technical difficulties you may have regarding the Partner Portal, please email Section8Landlords@MesaAZ.gov.

Partner Portal Facts & Questions [PDF]

Partner Portal Training Document [PDF]

Partner Portal Sign-In

Rent Increase Requests

Rent Increase Requests must be completed in writing and emailed to Section8Landlords@MesaAz.gov at lease 60 days prior to effective date.

Rent Increase Request Form [PDF]

GoSection8.com

GoSection8.com is a a great way for interested clients/tenants to search for properties to rent.  To list your property, go to www.GoSection8.com.  Hard copies of these listings are available for prospective tenants in our office.

 

Inspections

The goal of the Housing Choice Voucher program is to provide "decent, safe and sanitary" housing at an affordable cost to low-income families.  To accomplish this, program regulations set 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 defines "standard housing" and establishes the minimum criteria necessary for the health and safety of program participants.

Please visit the Partner Portal to see scheduled inspections, inspection results, holds, and abatements.

There are four types of inspections:

  • Initial Inspection
  • Annual Inspection
  • Special Inspection
  • Quality Control Inspection

 Items that the HQS Inspector will review:

 

Arizona Landlord/Tenant Act

Landlord/Tenant issues are a concern to the citizens of Mesa and the City understands your concerns.   Landlord/Tenant Issues are a legal civil matter and City of Mesa does not have jurisdiction in these matters.

The City of Mesa supports Community Legal Service's Tenant's Rights Helpline at 480-385-5056.  You may speak to a legal advocate about evictions, lock-outs, security deposits, utility shut-offs, lease terms, repairs, discrimination, and notices.  Recorded information is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week at the helpline.

Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act [PDF]

 

Additional Information:

Landlord Forms

Landlord Briefing [PPTX]