The Section 8 Rental Assistance Program is a federally-funded program administered by the Carlsbad Housing Agency. Advantages to an owner or property manager are:
The contract begins the day the unit passes an inspection;
The owner/manager receives the rent each month;
There is an annual inspection of the unit.
Steps to begin
List the property with the rental assistance program by calling 760-434-2810 or completing a Notice of Vacancy Form;
The Housing Agency screens participants for lifetime sex offender registration (Megan's Law) and drug-related or violent criminal activity. Final selection is the owner's responsibility;
Landlords can charge an application fee as long as Section 8 participants are charged the same fee as non-Section 8 prospective tenants;
Once the owner/agent has agreed to rent a unit to a Section 8 participant, they will receive a Request for Tenancy Approval and the tenant returns the completed RFTA to the Housing Agency for processing;
Enter into a lease/rental agreement with the tenant and enter into the Housing Assistance Payments Contract with the Housing Agency. The lease/rental agreement and HAP contract are effective the day the unit passes inspection and the tenant takes possession of the unit.
The City of Carlsbad does participate in the Direct Deposit program. You can complete the application and email, fax or mail to the Finance Department.
If fraud is suspected:
Make a confidential report via fax, mail or by calling the Carlsbad Housing Agency’s ;
Complete the Suspected Fraud Report, call 760-434-2810;
Reports can be filed anonymously;
All reports are taken seriously and will be investigated in a timely manner.
Rental owner responsibilities
Maintain the property in good condition and complete repairs within a reasonable amount of time upon request by the Carlsbad Housing Agency or the tenant;
Refrain from entering the unit without proper notice and the tenant’s permission except in an emergency;