THA's housing programs work because of the cooperation of thousands of private landlords in Tacoma. Our goal is to make programs profitable, worthwhile and satisfactory arrangement for them. Our primary responsibility is to pay its share of the rent directly to landlords. As the largest housing subsidy provider in Tacoma, we pay local landlords over $33 million each year in rent payments. In every tenancy, the landlord, like THA and the tenant, has rights and responsibilities.
Opportunities & Benefits
An owner's willingness to rent to a family that participates in one of THA’s housing programs expands the pool of potential tenants available to him or her. An owner will usually have several participants from the program to choose from.
At THA's expense, a third party company is used to screen each adult member of a participating family for serious criminal history when they first enter the program. The fact that a participant passes THA's criminal background check, however, does not diminish the landlord's responsibility for selecting their tenant. We encourage owners and property managers to use the same screening practices for THA clients that they would for any other potential tenant, including running credit histories and checking previous tenancies for problems or troublesome evictions. We offer no guarantee that a tenant is suitable. The owner or property manager must determine that for themselves.
The voucher makes the rent affordable to the tenant, making rent defaults less likely.
- Each month, THA sends our share of the rent via direct deposit. A statement is then emailed to the landlord.
- Rental rates are based on fair market rents.
- THA inspects the rented unit for Housing Quality Standards before initial lease-up and once a year after that at no cost to the landlord.
- Tenant participants are expected to comply with the lease. THA can terminate them from the program for serious or repeated lease violations.
- Landlords can charge security deposits and late fees as long as they are consistent with charges made to private market renters.
- By renting to voucher holders, landlords help provide quality and affordable housing opportunities for families in our community.
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Owner Rights and Responsibilities
Owners who rent to a voucher participant have important rights and responsibilities. Most of these are the same as those that apply in unsubsidized tenancies.
The owner has the right to:
- Set reasonable rules about tenant behavior and use of the unit and common areas.
- Require a security deposit.
- Receive payment of rent in full and on time.
- Require the tenant to refrain from damaging the property.
- Take legal action to evict a voucher holder for lease violations.
The owner has the responsibility to:
- Screen prospective tenants and determine whether they would be good tenants.
- Maintain the property in good condition.
- Provide the prospective tenant with information about lead-based paint in the unit.
- Complete needed repairs within a reasonable time. Complete emergency repairs within 24 hours. These include no hot or cold water, heat, electricity or a condition which is imminently hazardous to life.
- Give the tenant 48 hours notice before entering the unit, except for emergencies.
- Comply with Washington State Landlord-Tenant Law.
- Comply with the lease and Housing Assistance Payments Contract.
- Send THA a copy of any written notices or communications he has had with the tenant, especially about lease violations.
- Submit requests to THA for rent increases in writing at least 60 days before the participant's anniversary date and to notify the tenant of the request.
For information on Fair Housing
Pierce County offers information on the standard guidelines for Landlords and Building Managers.
Learn more at their Fair Housing Resources Page