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Owner information

The Section 8 Rental Assistance Program is a federally-funded program administered by the Carlsbad Housing Agency.  Advantages to an owner or property manager are:

      • The contract begins the day the unit passes an inspection.
      • The owner/manager receives the rent each month.
      • There is an annual inspection of the unit.

Steps to begin:

      • List the property with the rental assistance program by calling 760-434-2810 or completing a Notice of Vacancy Form.
      • The Housing Agency screens participants for lifetime sex offender registration (Megan’s Law) and drug-related or violent criminal activity.  Final selection is the owner’s responsibility.
      • Landlords can charge an application fee as long as Section 8 participants are charged the same fee as non-Section 8 prospective tenants.
      • Once the owner/agent has agreed to rent a unit to a Section 8 participant, they will receive a Request for Tenancy Approval and the tenant returns the completed RFTA to the Housing Agency for processing.
      • Upon receipt of the RFTA, a Housing Quality Standards inspection is scheduled and conducted.  The rent charged must be comparable to other unassisted rentals in that area.

Effective November 1, 2013, the payment standards are:

      • Studio - $1032
      • One bedroom - $1135
      • Two bedroom - $1489
      • Three bedroom - $2067
      • Four bedroom - $2493
      • Five bedroom - $2815

Enter into a lease/rental agreement with the tenant and enter into the Housing Assistance Payments Contract with the Housing Agency.  The lease/rental agreement and HAP contract are effective the day the unit passes inspection and the tenant takes possession of the unit.  If fraud is suspected:

      • Make a confidential report via fax, mail or by calling the Carlsbad Housing Agency’s 24 hour Section 8 Fraud Hotline at 760-434-2882, option 8.
      • Complete the Suspected Fraud Report on line.
      • Reports can be filed anonymously.
      • All reports are taken seriously and will be investigated in a timely manner.

 

Owner/Agent Responsibilities:

      • Maintain the property in good condition and complete repairs within a reasonable amount of time upon request by the Carlsbad Housing Agency or the tenant.
      • Refrain from entering the unit without the tenant’s permission and proper notice (except for emergencies).
      • Comply with Equal Opportunity and Fair Housing Requirements.
      • Enforce the provisions of the lease/rental agreement.
      • Comply with the terms and conditions of the lease/rental agreement and HAP contract.
      • Collect from the tenant any security deposit required under the lease/rental agreement, the tenant’s portion of rent and charges for any damages caused by the tenant.
      • Pay for utilities and services as obligated.
      • DO NOT collect payments in excess of the tenant’s share of the rent; and
      • Make reasonable modifications for persons with disabilities.

Contact Information

Housing & Neighborhood Services
Housing@carlsbadca.gov
760-434-2810
760-720-2037 fax

1200 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA  92008

General Information

Business hours
Monday - Thursday
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.