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Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Landlord Information
Benefits of the Section 8 Program
- Guaranteed Rent
Hawaii Public Housing Authority (HPHA) pays a fixed amount
of the rent to participant landlords each month. The tenant
pays the difference between the subsidy and the total rent,
in addition to any utilities not included in the rent.
- Free Inspections
HPHA will inspect your unit to ensure that it is safe,
decent, and in good repair. The inspections meet the
requirements of the requirements of HUD regulations and City
and County of Honolulu ordinances.
- Free Listings
Participating landlords may list their rentals with HPHA.
- Helping Others in Need
Landlords experience the satisfaction of providing a place
to live for low-income families while receiving a dependable
source of income
Information for Section 8 HCV Landlords
What do I need to do to have a home offered to a Section
You should call the Section 8 Office at 808-832-6040 or
HPHAs8office@hawaii.gov. Your ad will be posted in the
Application Office for the residents viewing.
HUD Information for Section 8 Landlords
Are there any unit price requirements?
Yes. The unit contract rent plus utilities must be within
the HPHA payment standards and meet rent reasonableness.
Fair market rents for your area are established by HUD by
zip code. The HPHA then establishes a payment standard based
on HUD’s fair market rents. The unit must also meet the test
of rent reasonableness.
2020 Payment Standards
What is rent reasonableness?
The State is required to ensure that the unit rent is
reasonable according to prevailing market conditions. HPHA
must determine if the rent is reasonable or too high
according to market conditions for units of similar size,
features, and amenities in the same area. HPHA will choose
two higher rents and one lower rent based on proximity to
the subject property to compare rents.
Will my property have to meet certain physical
Yes. Your property will be inspected by a HPHA housing
inspector to ensure that your home meets HUD's Housing
Quality Standards. The unit must meet the county record
assessments and meet standards for safe, decent, and
For the COVID Emergency Lease in Place preference, landlords
will be asked to assess the Applicant’s unit and certify
that there are no life-threatening deficiencies or
conditions in the unit. HQS inspectors will follow up no
later than one year from the landlord’s certification date
to complete a housing inspection.
What are Life-Threatening Conditions?
The following are considered life threatening conditions:
- Major plumbing leaks or flooding
- Waterlogged Ceiling or Floor in Imminent Danger of Falling
- Natural or LP Gas Leak or Fuel Oil Leak
- Any Electrical Problem or condition that could result in
shock or fire
- Absence of a working heating system when outside
temperature is below 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Utilities not in service
- No running hot water
- Conditions that present the imminent possibility of injury
- Obstacles that prevent safe entrance or exit from the unit
- Absence of a functioning toilet in the unit
- Inoperable smoke detectors
Several Common Conditions Why the HQS Inspection Would Fail
What if the unit I am renting has some small
non-life-threatening issues that need repair? Can my tenant
Yes. The unit will still qualify if there is a
non-life-threatening issue that needs to be corrected. When
the HQS Inspection takes place, the inspector will confirm
any life-threatening or non-life-threatening deficiencies in
the unit. You will have up to 30 days to make the correction
once identified by the inspector. We encourage you to use
the information in the link above to assess your unit and
identify issues that need correcting in advance.
How do I apply for the landlord incentive program?
If the participant’s unit fails its HQS Inspection, you will
receive an Incentive Program form with the determined amount
of gift card funding you are eligible to receive. You will
be required to complete the form and return it to the
Section 8 Office to receive the incentive.
Who do I call if I have problems with a tenant?
As a landlord or an owner of the property, the lease you
have with your tenant is between you and your tenant. You
should resolve issues with your tenant according to the
terms of your lease. As the HPHA is not a party to your
lease, we do not generally get involved. However, you may
contact the Section 8 staff for assistance at 808-832-6040
HPHAs8office@hawaii.gov if you have questions about a
Does Chapter 521 Residential Landlord - Tenant Code of
the Hawaii Revised Statutes apply to Section 8 Housing
Choice Voucher rentals in terms of eviction of a tenant?
Yes. You can go to
http://www.hawaii.gov/dcca/ for more detail information
on the code. For other residential tenant - landlord code
related information, you can call 808-586-2634 or email
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