“I Have a Housing Voucher and I’m Having a Problem with My Landlord”

Financial and Administrative Problems

If your landlord is trying to ask you for extra money or do anything else you think might break HUD rules, please contact your housing worker and let them know what is going on. They will assist you.

Ask your landlord to put all communications and requests in writing.

More places to get help: How to Get Help or File Complaints for Housing Problems

Evictions

If your landlord is giving you notice to leave, check your lease. See if there is an escape clause that allows your landlord to give 30 or 60 days notice. If there is not a clause like this, they cannot evict you, unless they take you to court and prove to the judge that there is a valid reason for eviction.

If someone in your home is disabled and the eviction is because of an action or behavior by this person, you may be able to request a disability accommodation to stop or delay the eviction. Accommodation Requests to Stop Evictions

More places to get help: How to Get Help or File Complaints for Housing Problems

Repairs and Maintenance

If something in your house is broken or unsafe and the landlord won’t fix it, you can contact the health department and request an inspection. If a health department or code violation fails, the Health Department will have the ability to fine the landlord. Here’s where you can report building code violations and unsafe housing:

In addition, you can also contact your housing worker and request an inspection. If the housing authority inspection fails, it is a little more complicated. They do not have the ability to fine the landlord or to force the landlord to fix it. But they can stop paying rent, so your landlord will stop receiving full payment.

If this happens, you should keep paying your portion of the rent. After a few months, if the landlord still has not fixed the problem, you will have to move. Try to plan ahead so you are not left with no place to live.

Once again, more places to get help: How to Get Help or File Complaints for Housing Problems