Thank you for your interest in the Section 8 rental assistance program. Section 8 is a highly successful federally funded program. By providing rental subsidies directly to property owners, Section 8 does not create a large bureaucracy through the construction, maintenance, and management of housing. For a quick overview of the benefits of participating as a landlord, please read the information sheet.
We also encourage you to read the Section 8 Owner Booklet. It is a thorough description of the procedures and policies of the Norwalk Housing Authority. In this booklet, you will learn about how to select a Section 8 tenant and what to expect during the inspection. We value your participation, so please do not hesitate to call us at (562) 929-5588 if you ever have any questions about the program.
The Norwalk Housing Authority periodically sponsors workshops for Norwalk rental property owners and also participates in regional apartment association events and trade shows as a member of the California Association of Housing Authorities (CAHA). Here are some free, upcoming events (Click the event link for more details):
The Housing Authority uses payment standards to calculate the housing authority's maximum subsidy based upon the voucher size or unit size. Payment standards are set at 90-110% of the Fair Market Rent for the Los Angeles-Long Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area. The payment standard is not the maximum rent the owner may charge. The requested rent must be comparable with similar units in the neighborhood. Rents vary widely in the City based upon location, size, amenities, type, age, and quality. Below are the payment standards effective November 1, 2017:
0 - Bedroom: $1,040
1 - Bedroom: $1,220
2 - Bedroom: $1,580
3 - Bedroom: $2,120
4 - Bedroom: $2,345
Damage Mitigation Fund
Starting July 1, 2018, Section 8 landlords can apply for up to $2,000 for unpaid rent and/or damages exceeding the security deposit for Section 8 tenancies. In order to be eligible for damages, the property owner must have collected a security deposit from the tenant which is equal to or exceeding the first month's rent. The Housing Authority must conduct a move-out inspection immediately following the vacate date and before repairs are made. A Request for Reimbursement form must be received by the Housing Authority with receipts and proof of collection attempts within 30 days of the Housing Authority's move-out inspection. This new program only applies to move-outs occurring on or after July 1, 2018. For more information, read the program guidelines or contact the Housing Authority at (562) 929-5588,
Financial Assistance for Property Owners who Rent to Low Income Tenants
If you rent to a Section 8 tenant and/or other low income tenants, you may be eligible for financial assistance to make repairs or energy upgrades to your property.
Click here for information about the City's rental rehabilitation program for 1 to 4 unit rental properties.
SoCal Gas offers an energy upgrade rebate program that can save you money. Click here for more information.
Security Deposit Assistance Program
Exciting news! The Housing Authority will be offering Section 8 voucher holders and the homeless with payment of their security deposits. This program has limited funded and will be available on a first come, first served basis. We encourage landlords to read more about the program by reading the March 2016 issue of the "Housing Hotline." The program does not allow certain terms in the lease. For a list of prohibited lease terms, click here.
Housing Hotline Newsletter
Periodically, the Housing Authority publishes the "Housing Hotline" to educate and inform participating landlords. Check here for the latest issues.
Change of Ownership Form
Free rental listing service: http://www.socialserve.com/landlord/index.html
Pest Control and Bed Bug Information: http://www.pestworld.org/pest-control-help/pest-control-faqs/bed-bugs/
Integrated Pest Management--A Guide for Affordable Housing--We hope you will use this guide to implement integrated pest management (IPM) at your property. While the materials are designed for public housing authority (PHA) management and owners/agents of affordable housing, anyone can use the principles outlined here to integrate IPM practices into a residential pest management strategy. The complete guide and additional resources are available at www.stoppests.org