Section 8 Tenant Information
Before You Move
All tenants are required to attend a Mandatory Move Briefing before giving a notice to vacate to the landlord. The Mandatory Move Briefings are usually held twice a month, except for November & December when holidays cause a staff shortage. Never initiate a move until you have contacted your case manager AND attended a move briefing.
Before you begin a move you should know:
- You can’t move until the end of your current lease.
- Briefings fill up very quickly. You should call 120 days before the end of your lease and schedule a briefing.
- From the scheduled date of the briefing you should be no more than 60 days from the end of your current lease.
- You must not be delinquent on your rent.
- You must not owe Public Housing or Section 8 any monies OR you must be current in a repayment agreement.
- If you meet these requirements, you may be allowed to move.
An abatement is placed on a unit when the unit has not passed inspection within a specific time. Payment will stop the month after the abatement begins and the tenant is notified that they have 30 days to move. EHA notifies the client and landlord that the unit is placed in abatement and the tenant is told to contact the case manager to schedule a move briefing. This is a priority move and is given special accommodation in scheduling the move briefing. You must contact the case manager to discuss this.
Evictions are caused by tenant actions or inactions. Usually they result because a tenant is delinquent in rent, has damaged the property, or has some kind of criminal activity in the unit. The severity of the violations will determine if you remain on the program. Under HUD regulations, it is the tenant’s responsibility to immediately notify the housing authority of evictions notices.
If you are evicted, you must attend the next regularly scheduled move briefing. You also must have the landlord paid in full and present a receipt to the housing authority to verify.
If the landlord has filed a judgment against you for rent and/or damages, you may be required to pay the judgment in full to continue receiving housing assistance.
If there are criminal charges, you must provide the police report and/or court docket. After reviewing the case, EHA will determine if you can remain on the program and move.
Steps to Move
- Shedule a move briefing well in advance - about 120 days before lease ends.
- Attend a move briefing no more to 60 days prior to the end of the lease.
- Supply all required paperwork.
- Obtain 30 Day Notice form from the case manager to give to your current Landlord.
- Return signed 30 day notice.
- Pay all outstanding rent and utility bills.
- Receive inspection request to give to new landlord.
- Return inspection request.
- Inspection scheduled by inspection department.
- Inspection passes.
- Inspection processed by case manager and contract letters go out to your new unit and new landlord.
- Payment is requested by EHA for our portion and will issue at next check run.
- Contact your landlord and sign your lease, pay your rent, and move in.