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Section 8 Frequently Asked   Questions (FAQ)

 
Waitlist Questions:
 
1. Is the Yuba County Housing Choice Voucher Section 8 waitlist open?
2. How will I know where I am on the waitlist?
3. Does Yuba County have preference points that will help me get a voucher sooner?
4. Will I get my voucher sooner if my owner accepts Section 8?
5. After applying for Section 8, can I begin looking for a place to live?
6. How much will Section 8 pay when I get my voucher?
7. How many bedrooms is my family eligible for?
 
Voucher Holder Questions:
 
1. May I take my voucher to another county or state?
2. How long is the voucher good for?
3. How long will it take to schedule an inspection for my new unit?
4. May I move into the unit before it is inspected?
5. The owner is asking for more rent than I have been approved for, can I pay the difference?
6. What do I have to report to the Housing Authority?
7. May I move to a different unit in Yuba Count?
8. What happens if I move out of the unit before I notify the Housing Authority?
9. What happens if I get evicted from a unit Section 8 is assisting?
10. What do I do if I no longer need Section 8?
 
Owner Information:
1. May I list my home for rent with your agency?
2. I've never had a Section 8 tenant.  Are there any current owners I could talk to regarding Section 8 and your agency?
3. Does Section 8 do a credit check?
4. Will Section 8 cover damages caused by a Section 8 tenant?
5. My Section 8 tenant owes for past due rent.  What are my options?
6. The tenant owes money for utilities listed on the lease.  What can I do? 
7. How do I terminate the Section 8 contract?
8. What paperwork do I need to send to Section 8?
9. What kind of notice do I need to serve to raise the rent?
 
Waitlist Questions:
 
1. Is the Yuba County Housing Choice Voucher Section 8 waitlist open?
Our waitlist is currently closed and will remain closed until further notice.
 
2. How will I know where I am on the waitlist?
You may call the Housing Authority and ask to speak with a representative regarding your status.
 
3. Does Yuba County have preference points that will help me get a voucher sooner?
Yuba County has a maximum of three (3) preference points that will help you move up on the list. Our list is organized by date, time and preference points which are listed below.
 
 
Points Preferences
  1 One (1) point will be given to a family that is:
  *  An Elderly Family (head of household, spouse, or co-head is 62 years of age or older); or,
  *  A family that contains any disabled family member; or,
  *  A family whose head of household is a U.S. Veteran (unless they received a dishonorable discharge); or,
  *  A family whose head of household is a surviving spouse of a Veteran; or
  *  A family with children.
  1 One (1) Point will be given to families who qualify for the Residency Preference.  To qualify for the preference, the head of household, spouse, or co-head must:
  *  Hold legal residence within YCHA's jurisdiction; or
  *  Work within HCHA's jurisdiction, or
  *  Have been hired to work within YCHA's jurisdiction.
  1

One (1) point will be given to families who qualify for the Working Preference.  To qualify for this preference, the head of household, spouse, or co-head must meet one of the following criteria:
  *  Be currently working, and have worked a minimum of 20 hrs./week for the last 3 months.
  *  Be currently enrolled as a full-time student in school or in a qualified training program.
  *  Be currently working and have worked a minimum of 16 hrs./week for the last 3 months AND be currently enrolled at least part-time in school or in a qualified training program.**
  *  Be a family where the head of household is either elderly or disabled (if there is no spouse or co-head).
     ° Example 1: Head of household is elderly and the spouse is elderly.  The family would receive benefit of the working preference.
     ° Example 2: The head of household is disabled.  The spouse is neither elderly nor disabled.  This family would not receive benefit of the working preference.  In order to receive such preference, the spouse would need to meet the working or school requirements as outlined above. 

  *  Be a family where the head of household or spouse is a U.S. Veteran (Unless they received a dishonorable discharge). 

 

Total Points= 3  
**The TCHA defines training program as "a learning process with goals and objectives, generally having a variety of components, and taking place in a series of sessions over a period to time.  It is designed to lead to a higher level of proficiency, and it enhances the individual's ability to obtain employment.  It may have performance standards to measure proficiency.  Training may include, but is not limited to: (1) classroom training in a specific occupational skill, (2) on-the-job training with wages subsidized by the program, or (3) basic education" [expired Notice PIH 98-2, p. 3].
 
4. Will I get my voucher sooner if my owner accepts Section 8?
Applying for Section 8 and being placed on the waitlist does not guarantee a voucher or that you will get a voucher sooner. The receipt of a voucher is base on date, time and preference points.
 
5. After applying for Section 8, may I begin looking for a place to live?
The Housing Authority is unable to pay any rent on your behalf until you have received a voucher and have executed a Housing Assistance Payment Contract.
 
6. How much will Section 8 pay when I get my voucher?
The tenant portion of the rent is approximately 30% of the tenant's monthly income. The Housing Authority will pay the balance up to the appropriate payment standard for your family size.
7. How many bedrooms is my family eligible for?
Bedroom size is determine according to the family size. The PHA will assign one bedroom for each two persons within the household, except in the following circumstances:
  *  Persons of the opposite sex (other than spouses, and children under age 5)
  *  Live-in aides will be allocated a separate bedroom.
  *  Single person families will be allocated one bedroom. 
The Yuba County Administrative Plan considers the living room as a sleeping area.
 
Voucher Size
Number of Bedrooms
Minimum Number
of People
1 1-2
2 2-4
3 3-6
4 4-6
5 6-10
 
Voucher Holder Questions:
 
1. May I take my voucher to another county or state?
Yes, you may take your voucher to any jurisdiction that offers Section 8. NOTE: If you DID NOT live in Yuba County at the time of application you MUST move to and live in Yuba County for the first year of assistance. Also, should you move to another jurisdiction, you will be subject to the other jurisdiction's voucher standards.
 
2. How long is the voucher good for?
You are given 60-days and the Housing Authority can grant an additional 30-day extension if you show proof you have been actively looking for a suitable unit.
 
3. How long will it take to schedule an inspection for my new unit?
That depends on the inspector's schedule, but the Housing Authority tries to inspect within a couple of weeks upon receiving the Request for Tenancy Approval.
 
4. May I move into the unit before it is inspected?
You can move into the unit at anytime. However, if the unit DOES NOT pass inspection, the Housing Authority has no obligation to pay any portion of the rent until the contract/ lease is signed.
 
5. The owner is asking for more rent than I have been approved for, may I pay the difference?
This is illegal. The contract states that the owner will not ask for any money above the contract rent and that the owner must repay the tenant immediately for additional money paid.
 
6. What do I have to report to the Housing Authority?
Report any changes in the household composition (someone moves in or out) OR you have any changes in income (additional OR less) you MUST report it within 10 days of the change.
 
7. May I move into a different unit in Yuba County?
Yes, but you must FIRST come to the office and pick up a "Moving Packet".  There is necessary paperwork you and your current owner must complete in order for the Housing Authority to issue a new voucher.
 
8. What happens if I move out of the unit before I notify the Housing Authority?
You have violated the family obligations of your voucher and your assistance will be terminated.
 
9. What happens if I get evicted from a unit Section 8 is assisting?
You have violated the family obligations of your voucher and your assistance will be terminated.
 
10. What do I do if I no longer need Section 8?
Submit a written notice to the Yuba County Housing Authority with the date you want to terminate your assistance or submit a withdrawal form.
 
Owner Information Questions
 
1.  May I list my home for rent with your agency?
No, the Yuba County Housing Authority is not a property management agency.  We suggest that you advertise the property in the newspaper as "Section 8 OK" or list it with a property management company.
 
2. I've never had a Section 8 tenant.  Are there any current owners I could talk to regarding Section 8 and your agency?
Yes, please call the Yuba County Housing Authority office (530-749-5460) for names and telephone numbers.
 
3. Does Section 8 do a credit check?
No, Section 8 only determines if the voucher holder is income eligible to receive Section 8 assistance.  It is the owner's responsibility to screen the prospective tenant for suitability (credit/criminal background check).
 
4. Will Section 8 cover damages caused by a Section 8 tenant?
No, the Yuba County Housing Authority is not responsible for tenant caused damages.
 
5. My Section 8 tenant owes for past due rent.  What are my options?
Per the Tenant/Landlord Rights Handbook listed below, you can evict the tenant by serving the tenant with a 3-day pay or quit notice and then serve them with a 30-day eviction notice.  The voucher, as well as the Tenancy Addendum that the tenant signed, requires that the tenant keep their rent current.
 
6. The tenant owes money for utilities listed on the lease.  What can I do? 
Serve them with notice with a deadline to pay the past due bill.  Not paying utilities they are responsible for is a violation of the Family Obligations of their voucher.  This office will also send them a reminder to  pay their bill (with a deadline) and require them to provide the Yuba County Housing Authority with a receipt that the outstanding amount has been paid in full.
 
7. How do I terminate the Section 8 contract?
California law requires that you give the tenant a 90-day notice to terminate a government funded housing contract.
 
8. What paperwork do I need to send to Section 8?
Anything you serve to the tenant must also be sent to the Yuba County Housing Authority, 915 8th Street, Suite 130, Marysville, CA  95991 (rent increase, eviction, late utilities, etc.).
 
9. What kind of notice do I need to serve to raise the rent?
A 60-day notice to the tenant and the Yuba County Housing Authority.  The Yuba County Housing Authority will determine if it is reasonable and recalculate the tenant/housing authority rent portions.
 
 
 
 

 

 

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