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Who are Section 8 tenants?

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A Section 8 tenant is a low-income tenant who receives a government housing voucher. Local housing authorities receive funds from the federal government and disburse them directly to landlords of Section 8 tenants.

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Federal law does not require landlords to accept Section 8 tenants, but states are permitted to pass laws that supersede federal law in this regard. In states where landlords are required to accept Section 8 tenants, potential tenants may still be excluded due to credit, rental history and criminal background.

Landlords who rent to Section 8 tenants are required to undergo annual property inspections to ensure that the housing they provide complies with federal standards. They are also required to charge no more than the calculated fair-market rent in the area. Failure to comply with either of these standards renders a landlord ineligible to receive Section 8 voucher payments.

Section 8 tenants face additional restrictions. Section 8 does not cover any part of the security deposit; this must be paid in full by the tenant. Tenants are also required to maintain the property, obey all terms of the lease, pay any portion of the rent not covered by Section 8 in full and notify their housing authority upon any change in income or familial status.

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    Is Section 8 transferable?

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    If certain eligibility and procedural requirements are met, then a household receiving a tenant-based Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher can transfer the voucher to a new home, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The voucher is transferable to anywhere that has a public housing authority.

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    Who is eligible for Section 8?

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    Eligibility for Section 8 is determined by local public housing agencies designated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, and is based on income, assets and family size. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens.

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    How do you apply for Section 8 housing?

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    To apply for Section 8 housing, verify that you meet the eligibility requirements, fill out and submit an application, and provide all requested documentation. A face-to-face interview is also required.

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    How do you apply for Section 8 in Fresno, CA?

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    Applications for Section 8 housing are only available online at the Fresno Housing Authority’s website. The application process for the Fresno Housing Choice Voucher Program first requires registration for the preliminary waiting list. Families are placed on the preliminary waiting list, then pulled to create a formal wait list. When funding is available, pre-applicants are selected at random using a lottery system.

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