The Garland Housing Agency (GHA) administers the Housing Choice Voucher Program which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This program enables families to obtain decent, safe, and sanitary housing by subsidizing a portion of the tenant's monthly rent and paying it directly to the property owner. Any type of private rental housing is eligible to participate in Section 8, including single family dwellings, apartments, and townhouses. Paperwork is minimal and the owner retains normal management rights and responsibilities, including tenant selection, rent collection, property maintenance, and lease termination.
Payment Standards / Fair Market Rents
Rents are established periodically by HUD. The Housing Choice Voucher program requires that rent for a dwelling unit (including utility allowance) is not to exceed the current Fair Market Rent. Rent for the Housing Choice Voucher program may exceed the Payment Standard provided the rent is determined reasonable for the area by GHA. View the 2016 Payment Standards Chart.
Landlords are responsible for establishing and collecting security deposits. Landlords may not charge a Housing Choice Voucher participant a higher deposit than a nonparticipating family.
You can also download 2016 Utility Allowance information; a list of the current utility allowance provided by GHA.
Contract / Lease Renewal
Before the voucher contract expires each year, the GHA will re-examine the tenant's qualifications, arrange to re-inspect the dwelling unit and review the landlord's status in the program. If the tenant still qualifies and the review process is satisfactory, a new contract may be signed by the landlord, tenant, and GHA.
If you wish to increase your rent, please submit the request in writing 60 days prior to the end of the contract. You can submit the request in any form, or you can use this Rental Increase Form. Requests can be faxed to 972-205-3388, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Each requested rental rate will undergo a rent reasonableness test performed by our inspectors. This comparative decision is based on the area in which the unit is located and the size, features, and amenities of the unit. If the rent is not determined reasonable, the landlord is given the opportunity to provide any additional information that may prove helpful in making the final decision.
The GHA provides the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) on a monthly basis via direct deposit. The HAP is processed on the first business day of the month and deposits may show in a bank account between three to four business days after that.
Residents of the United States are entitled by law to safe and decent housing regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or familial status. Discrimination in the rental of property or the provision of services is prohibited by law.