Private property owners are a vital partner in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. Landlord Orientations for new owners are held every other month. These orientations cover basic program information and are designed for small group interaction. If you are interested in attending one of these, please call 651-292-6191. Click here for the 2014 Orientation Schedule. There is a list of The Steps to Become a Section 8 Landlord, a landlord information packet that contains basic information about how the program operates and an owner handbook that contains more detailed information including samples of required forms such as the lease addendum and housing assistance payments contract.
For a copy of the PHA's most recent owner newsletter, click here.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released a new rule affecting individuals who perform renovations, repairs or painting (RRP) on structures built before 1978, since these structures could contain lead-based paint. Individuals performing RRP work must be certified. The St. Paul PHA along with other local housing authorities, are sponsoring an EPA & HUD accredited training opportunity for property owners and their agents. This 8 hour course is taught by accredited trainers and is presented through the National Center for Healthy Housing. Proof of certification is required before a unit will pass a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection and before payment will be released.
The PHA does not directly provide any RRP courses, but there are excellent organizations in the area that offer these courses, and others:
Sustainable Resources Center, Inc.
1081 Tenth Avenue S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
University of Minnesota: School of Public Health
420 Delaware St. S. E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
For more understanding on this requirement and any others, we suggest reviewing the website for the National Center for Healthy Housing. http://www.nchh.org.
Section 8 conducts an annual property owner/manager workshop that covers ongoing and new tenant and program information as well as serving as a forum to exchange ideas with owners. This workshop is usually held in the fall. Watch for more information on this workshop included with your checks.
Another way we communicate information to property owners is through a newsletter that is generally published quarterly and mailed with your checks.
It is important that we have current information so that the monthly assistance payments are mailed to the correct address. Please submit all address changes in writing including the old information, new information and the addresses of the properties you own that receive assistance. You can:
- Mail, to St. Paul PHA, W. Andrew Boss Building, 555 N. Wabasha Suite 300, St. Paul, MN 55102, Attn: Ying; or
- Fax to 651-292-6649, Attn: Ying; or
- Email to email@example.com
If you have bought or sold a property that receives Section 8 assistance please call 651-298-5105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for partnering with us to provide decent, safe and affordable housing to low income families.