Benefits & Responsiblities


CHA will pay the rent subsidy every month, on time and guaranteed! If the family vacates your apartment in violation of the lease, you can still keep the payment from CHA for the month they left.  

You are protected from financial loss if your tenant suffers unexpected financial hardship.  When this happens, the subsidy payment is increased to compensate for your tenant’s lower income. CHA can help prevent your vacant apartments from remaining empty for too long since there are many of qualified tenants waiting for housing.  

If you attempt to evict a tenant for good cause, you will continue to receive CHA’s portion of the rent until the tenant leaves the unit or is evicted through the court (whichever one is first).


The Section 8 program requires little beyond that which is required by law. Once a year, CHA will inspect the unit and make sure that it is in compliance with HUD’s Minimum Housing Quality Standards, and laws regarding lead paint compliance. Please see a checklist of common items reviewed during CHA inspection of units. 

Similarly, Section 8 tenants have all the rights and responsibilities of unassisted tenants, except that they are responsible for only paying a portion of the rent.  As with unassisted tenants, irreconcilable differences between the owner and the tenant must be settled by the Housing Court.


Federal law DOES NOT allow CHA to approve an unit for rental when the owner is the parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, sister, or brother of the Voucher holder or of any member of the Voucher holder’s family.  The only exception is if the unit would provide reasonable accommodation for a member of the Voucher holder’s family who is a person with a disability.