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Florida real estate attorneys resolve Section 8 disputes between tenants and owners.

Florida – August 6, 2022

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the government agency responsible for housing necessities for Americans.  Orlando real estate lawyers are knowledgeable about the constant changes to HUD real estate law and the market trends of a specific area, and they can assist tenants with their basic rights against any potential wrongdoing by property owners in violation of Section 8 laws in Orlando.

Section 8 housing.

Section 8 is a federal housing voucher system where the government supplies qualifying residents with a voucher used to pay a substantial portion of rent and Section 8 recipients pay approximately 30% of their rental amount.

Tenant’s obligations.

Individuals who find an acceptable housing unit that the public housing agency approves of may sign a lease with the property owner for at least one year. The tenant may be required to pay a security deposit to the property owner. After the first year the property owner may initiate a new lease or allow the tenant to remain in the unit on a month-to-month lease. Tenants are expected to comply with the lease and the program requirements, pay its share of rent on time, maintain the unit in good condition and notify the public housing agency of any changes in income or family composition. Individuals who are victims of Section 8 housing discrimination who are not afforded a healthy and safe living situation should contact a Florida real estate attorney to review their rights and seek assistance to correct any negative behaviors by property owners.

Landlord’s obligations.

Property owners who are enrolled in the voucher program must provide tenants with a decent, safe, and sanitary housing space at a reasonable rent in accordance with their contract. The offered dwellings must pass the program housing authority’s quality standard testing for the owner to receive housing assistant payments from the government.

Disputes between tenant and owner.

Tenants and property owners may not always agree on what is considered a decent housing space, so it is important for either party to understand the requirements of each based on the lease agreement, the agreement with the public housing authority, and the outcomes of the quality standard screening.

Hire a lawyer to assist with disputes.

Sometimes it is best to have an objective knowledgeable party when Section 8 rental disagreement occur, a real estate attorney can review potential problems with tenants and landlords and mediate to solve the problem related to an Orlando Section 8 dwelling.

Legal Counsel, P.A.

189 S. Orange Ave., Ste. 1800
Orlando, Florida  32801

Phone: 407-982-4321

Sources.

  1. Housing Choice Voucher Program Section 8 | HUD.gov / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  2. Statutes & Constitution :View Statutes : Online Sunshine (state.fl.us)
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