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What are the benefits of becoming a Section 8 Landlord?

When an eligible participating family is selected as a tenant by an Alameda rental property owner, a three-way relationship is established. Like the three sides of a triangle, these relationships are guided by a variety of documents and regulations that identify each party’s rights and responsibilities under the law.

  • The initial eligibility, briefing, and annual re-examination process between the Housing Authority and the participant outlines the program rules and family obligations to remain a participant and to receive rental assistance in housing that meets their needs.
  • The tenant selection process by the private or non-profit owner and the lease between the property owner and the tenant are guided by local and state law. These laws guide the landlord-tenant relationship for assisted families just as they would for non-assisted families.
  • To make rental assistance payments to the property owner and ensure that assisted units meet basic safety and quality standards, the property owner and Housing Authority enter into a Housing Assistance Payments contract. The Housing Authority is in a contractual relationship to provide rental assistance; it does not co-administer privately-owned rental properties.

In each of these three relationships, each party has certain responsibilities and rights, as well as different roles to play when problems arise. The Housing Authority responds to complaints and concerns raised by landlords, residents, and the public. Some issues can be addressed quickly, while others may be more complicated and take longer to resolve. In some cases it requires the cooperation of the landlord, neighbors, the assisted resident, and the Housing Authority to resolve neighborhood problems. Because many problems are a matter of lease violations, and the Housing Authority is not a party to the lease between the landlord and the resident, the Housing Authority may not always know the outcome of a particular problem. If the Housing Authority stops hearing complaints, it is assumed that the matter has been successfully addressed.

 Another benefit to becoming a Section 8 Landlord is the stability of regular and on-time rental payments. Alameda Housing Authority prides itself on the prompt payments to our landlords. We are grateful for their willingness to participate in our program. We host a Landlord Appreciation event once a year and all current landlords, plus potential landlords are invited. You can mingle with each other, ask our staff any questions and learn about changes in the rental industry and Housing Authority policies and how they affect you.

How do I become a Section 8 landlord?

If you have decided to sign a lease with a tenant that has Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Assistance already in place, you must contact Iyana Barnes at (510) 747-4322 to begin the process.

How do I list my Section 8 unit as an available Rental?

Click here for the rental listing form. Fill out as many details as you can regarding the property and submit this form to the Alameda Housing Authority receptionist. Your available rental(s) will be listed in our main lobby and on our website.

Direct Deposit for Landlords is required!

The Housing Authority only pays landlords by way of direct deposit. Please fill out the Direct Deposit Authorization and submit it to our department. You must enclose a voided check with this form or it will not be valid and may delay payment processing.

Frequently Asked Questions
Below is important information regarding inspections, maintenance, and noticing. This Frequently Asked Questions document can serve as a resource to answer most questions you might have related to:

  • How/Why home inspections are performed.
  • Who Housing Choice Voucher landlords should contact for maintenance.
  • Notifications related to inspections and maintenance.
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