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What is Section 8?

Ironclad Property Management - Thursday, February 23, 2023

Section 8, also known as the Housing Choice Voucher Program, is a federal government program in the United States that provides rental assistance to low-income families, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Under the Section 8 program, eligible participants are issued a voucher that covers a portion of their rent, based on their income and family size. The voucher can be used to rent a private apartment or house that meets certain housing quality standards. The family is responsible for paying the remaining portion of the rent, which is typically 30% of their income.

Landlords who participate in the Section 8 program agree to rent their units to voucher holders and to comply with certain program requirements, including inspections, rent limits, and lease terms. The program aims to provide affordable housing to low-income families while giving them the flexibility to choose where they live.

In Connecticut, you cannot discriminate based on “Legal Source of Income”. For this reason, if the rental rate is within the Section 8 voucher amount, you cannot deny the applicant on these grounds. We encourage our owners to be accepting of the Section 8 system. This system is a privilege to the tenants and can be revoked if they do not pay their rent, cause damage to the property, or cause disturbances to the property. This system also ensures that you get your rent like clockwork.