Landlords in the City of Odessa can do business with OHA by accepting tenants who receive Federal Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) rental assistance from OHA. Property owners who participate in the HCV program enjoy the security and convenience of reliable direct-deposit rental assistance payments from OHA.
The role of the landlord in the HCV program is to provide "decent, safe, and sanitary housing" to a tenant at a reasonable rent. The dwelling must pass the Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspections and be maintained up to those standards as long as the owner receives housing assistance payments (HAP).
Landlords are responsible for:
Complying with the terms of the lease
Maintain the unit and keep it up to the housing quality standards
Cooperate with the tenant by responding promptly to requests for needed repairs
Cooperate with the PHA on initial, annual, and complaint inspections, including making necessary repairs