Any existing rental housing may be eligible; single family homes, condominiums, apartments, mobile homes, townhouses, duplexes, etc. All rental units must conform to Housing Authority Standards and meet local code requirements.
WHERE CAN THE UNIT BE LOCATED?
They can be located anywhere in the city of McAllen.
MAY I RAISE THE RENT ONCE I HAVE SIGNED A CONTRACT?
Not in the first year of the lease. After the first year, you may request an increase in the rent. In the case of a Voucher rent increase, the family must pay the entire amount of the increase and they may move to another unit if they feel they cannot afford the increase. The landlord must request an increase in writing at least 90 days prior to the anniversary date in order to get the increase on the anniversary date.
MAY AN OWNER SELL A PROPERTY WHILE IT IS UNDER CONTRACT WITH THE HOUSING AUTHORITY?
Yes, an owner may sell the property under contract. See the Section 8 or Voucher contract for more details.
HOW OFTEN ARE THE UNITS INSPECTED BY THE HOUSING AUTHORITY?
The rental units are inspected prior to a contract being signed and at least annually thereafter.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS FOR A PARTICIPATING LANDLORD?
The Housing Authority portion of the rent is mailed on the first business day of each month. The Section 8 program allows you to fill a vacancy in a rental unit with a tenant who, by being on the program, gives you greater assurance of being able to afford the unit.
CAN I GET AN INSPECTION BEFORE I FIND AN ELIGIBLE FAMILY THAT WANTS TO RENT MY UNIT?
No. The resources of the Housing Authority are limited and we can only do inspections after your unit is selected by an eligible family and Request for Lease Approval is completed. We also require that you make any necessary repairs prior to an inspection to avoid the necessity of a 2nd inspection which you will be charged for according to current Housing Authority Policy and may result in a delay in the start of the lease and contract effective period.
WHAT DOES A UNIT HAVE TO HAVE TO PASS INSPECTION?
The unit needs to meet basic building codes for safe and sanitary housing. Most well maintained rental units should be able to pass an inspection. Please see our inspection checklist for more information.