Dear Landlord Partner:

At Fort Worth Housing Solutions, we have taken numerous measures to protect the health and safety of residents and staff and to slow the spread of COVID-19.

We want to assure you that there will be no interruption to your regular housing assistance payments. Our staff is hard at work, with some employees teleworking and others staying in our offices. Our main office building is closed to the public.

We ask that you be patient with tenants who are receiving housing assistance. Housing Choice Voucher tenants who have experienced a job loss and/or a reduction in income are required to report the change to us so that we can adjust their portion of rent accordingly. The effective date of the change in the tenant’s rent portion is the month after the tenant reports the change. It may take us longer than usual to process the action.

A moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent is in effect through July 25 by federal law.  This is part of the relief bill that Congress passed and the president signed into law.  No late fees or penalties can be charged during this time period.  The moratorium only applies to evictions for non-payment of rent. It does not prevent any other type of eviction, such as for criminal activity or if the tenant poses an imminent threat of physical harm to you, your employees or other tenants.

As the result of COVID-19, HUD has allowed housing authorities to implement certain waivers. Consequently, FWHS is not doing any onsite physical inspections of occupied units at this time. We are conducting initial physical inspections of vacant units. In some cases we will conduct a virtual inspection or use an alternative inspection. When scheduling an inspection, the Inspector will discuss options with you. We will delay physical annual and biennial inspections until June or July, with the plan to have all of them completed by October 31, 2020, subject to it being safe to do so. As with initial inspections, we may be able to conduct some annual and biennial inspections virtually. Please let us know if you have any questions. You may always contact us at Inspections@fwhs.org. There may be a delay in receiving approval for any rent increases.

If you have any questions, please contact our landlord liaison, Ravonda Thompson, at rthompson@fwhs.org, 817-333-3667. While there may be some delay in response time, she will be available to assist.

Sincerely,

Selarstean Mitchell, Vice President of Assisted Housing

 

Frequently Asked Questions

I am a landlord whose Section 8 tenant is refusing to pay her portion of the rent. What do I do?

You should respond as you would with any tenant. However, please be aware that federal law requires a temporary moratorium on evictions for non-payment of rent through July 25, 2020. This is part of the relief bill that Congress passed and the president signed into law.

 HCVP tenants who have experienced a job loss or other reduction in income are still required to report the change to us. If they report it to us in a timely manner, we will adjust the tenant’s portion of rent. It may take longer than usual .

I am a landlord and have asked for a rent increase. When will I receive a response?

We are still processing rent increases. However, it may take longer than usual to receive a response.

 Are you still processing Requests for Tenant Approvals (RFTAs)?

Yes, we are processing them and scheduling move-in inspections.