Yolo County Housing has created a new Landlord Incentives Program with incentives to attract new and former landlords to participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV), formerly known as the Section 8 program. These incentives are made available due to the impact of COVID-19 and those seeking affordable and permanent housing.
The Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) formerly known as Section 8 assists very low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing. Yolo County Housing (YCH) provides Housing Choice Vouchers to all Yolo County Residents, including all unincorporated cities in the county.
Interested In Becoming A New Landlord? For more information on the Housing Choice Voucher Program, please contact Lease and Rental Coordinator, Kristin Barron at 530.669.2237 | firstname.lastname@example.org | or visit our office at 147 W Main Street Woodland, CA 95695. Office hours are Monday-Thursday from 8am to 5pm.
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Who are Housing Choice Voucher holders?
Housing Choice Voucher holders qualify as low income. They are members of our community, and many are working families. Voucher holders come from many backgrounds. A voucher holder can be:
- The senior citizen living on social security
- A grocery store clerk
- A single mother with one income or pursuing higher education
- The two-parent family who is surviving paycheck to paycheck
- Your local food service professional
- A homeless veteran looking for housing
Every voucher holder has a different story to share.
Who much can I charge for rent?
Rent is based on a calculation that takes several factors into consideration:
The payment standard for the area (See HCV Payment Standards)
- The tenant’s income
- The utility allowance
- Rent comparison to similar units in the local area
It is recommended that you advertise your rental at the rate you desire. All voucher holders are aware of the rent amount that their voucher will cover. You may request to see the applicant’s voucher to ensure that your advertised rent amount will be covered. You cannot increase your requested rental amount should the voucher be able to cover more that your initially advertised rate. If the gross rent amount (Rent + Utility Allowance) is not approved and you still want to rent to the family, you may do so by reducing your rent or changing the utility responsibilities to ensure that the tenant’s portion of rent + the utility allowance is less than 40% of the family’s adjusted annual income. You may request a rental increase after the initial lease term if the increase is reasonable to the local area and does not exceed the payment standard.
How long is the initial term for the lease/contract?
The initial term is one year. After the initial lease/contract has expired, you may request a rent increase, change the utility responsibilities, or choose whether to continue tenancy.
How will I be paid?
Once the contract is executed, all housing assistance payments (HAP) will be paid via ACH, on the first business day of the month. Landlords will be able to manage their ledger through the landlord portal.
The tenant will be responsible for paying their portion of the rent directly to the housing provider, in compliance with the terms of the lease.
Working with the Voucher Program/Lease Up Process
List Your Vacant Unit
HCV Program Income Limits –FMR-Payment Standards (formerly Section 8)2020 Utility Allowance
2020 Energy Efficient Garden Utility Allowance
Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Inspections
The goal of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program is to provide “decent, safe and sanitary” housing at an affordable cost to low-income families. Housing Quality Standards help HUD and local Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) accomplish that goal by defining “standard housing” and establishing the minimum quality criteria necessary for the health and safety of program participants. All HCV housing units must meet these housing quality standards in order to participate in the HCV program. Current HQS regulations consist of 13 key aspects of housing quality, performance requirements, and acceptability criteria to meet each performance requirement. HQS includes requirements for all housing types, including single and multi-family dwelling units, as well as specific requirements for special housing types such as manufactured homes, congregate housing, single room occupancy, shared housing, and group residences.
The 13 key aspects of housing quality covered by HQS include: 1)Sanitary facilities, 2)food preparation and refuse disposal, 3)space and security, 4)thermal environment, 5)illumination and electricity, 6)structure and materials, 7)interior air quality, 8)water supply, 9)lead-based paint, 10)access, 11)site and neighborhood, 12)sanitory conditions, and 13)smoke detectors.
Should a tenant miss a scheduled inspection, the inspector will send a letter advising them of their new inspection date. The Landlord/Owner will receive a copy. Two missed inspections will result in a proposed termination of subsidy.
Rescheduling An Inspection
All requests to reschedule an inspection must be made directly to the inspector. Requests to reschedule must be made 72 hours prior to the originally scheduled time. Failure to do so will result in a “missed inspection”.
Landlords and tenants will be notified of all failed inspections in writing. Failed items that are emergent, must be repaired within 24 hours. All non-emergent items must be repaired within 30 days. Proof of repairs must be emailed to the inspector directly. Depending on the failed items, a secondary inspection might be necessary once repairs are made. Failure to complete repairs, within the timeframe specified will result in a discontinuance of payment to the landlord and the unit will go into abatement. Tenants are not liable for payment not made during the abatement period. If the tenant fails to remedy emergent matters within the same timeframe, they will receive a proposed termination of subsidy.
Payment and Finance Resources
Yolo County Housing offers a Landlord Portal for all landlords participating gin the HCV Program. The Landlord portal includes:
- Tenant List- You can view a list of all your current tenants.
- Ledger/Transaction List- You can view a detailed ledger/Transaction List of all Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) made to you.
- Inspections- You can view all upcoming and past inspections, including: failed or passed inspections, items to be corrected and abatement status.
- Upcoming tenant recertifications.
Log In: LANDLORD ACCESS PORTAL
New User? Click here to register. Please contact Laura Cable at email@example.com to receive your Registration Key or if you have any quesitons or concerns.
Forgot Your Username or Password? Click here if you have forgotten your username or password.
Need to Make Changes to Your Account? Click here for the Owner Changes Form.
Want to Newly Enroll in ACH?
Click to view the TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR DIRECT DEPOSIT
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All completed forms can be submitted via scan/email to Laura Cable, firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax to 530-662-5429, or mailed to YCH, Attn: Laura Cable, 147 West Main Street, Woodland, CA 95695.