By way of the years we have now had a number of Part eight tenants try and make a facet fee settlement with us in an effort to entice us to just accept their vouchers. We declined.
What are Part eight facet funds?
Let’s assume the asking hire for a unit is $2,500. The Housing Authority has licensed a most quantity for the unit of $2,300. The proprietor and the tenant make an settlement that the tenant can pay the extra $200 outdoors of the settlement with the Housing Authority. That is thought of a Part eight facet fee. It’s unlawful.
By making a facet settlement the tenant may jeopardize shedding their voucher. Nevertheless, the Housing Authority has give you a really artistic approach for the tenant to report the extra fee whereas remaining nameless. The end result may very well be fairly profitable for the tenant whereas extraordinarily expensive for the proprietor who participated.
In Could 2014, the Housing Authority of Santa Clara County addressed a letter to Part eight voucher tenants entitled “Confidential Hire “Aspect Fee” Survey.” The letter encourages the tenant to take a survey supplied by Mission Sentinel to guarantee their solutions are saved confidential and their housing voucher standing is protected.
The letter is posted on the Mission Sentinel web site at http://housing.org/. Mission Sentinel doesn’t share the survey data with the Housing Authority.
The survey consists of three questions:
1. Prior to now 6 years, have you ever (or anybody in your family) paid hire that was greater than the “tenant hire” quantity listed in your most up-to-date Housing Authority hire portion letter?
2. At the moment, are you (or anybody in your family) paying hire that’s greater than the “tenant hire” quantity listed in your most up-to-date Housing Authority hire portion letter?
three. At any time up to now, has a landlord requested or collected hire funds that have been greater than the “tenant hire” quantity listed in your most up-to-date Housing Authority hire portion letter?
In case you’re a landlord whose tenant can reply “sure” to any of those three questions you ought to be involved.
In line with Mission Sentinel, a tenant could also be awarded a refund of the entire facet funds made to proprietor. As well as, the tenant may very well be awarded $1,650 to $three,300 for every month they made a facet fee to the proprietor, whatever the quantity of facet fee. Refund funds can return so far as six years.