We can provide landlords with the information necessary to make sound decisions when it comes to their rental properties. From fair housing laws and tenant selection to building codes and health inspections, we can help make your job as a landlord easier.
Also, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office provides an excellent resource guide for landlords and tenants.
Advertising and locating property has never been easier!
HRA has partnered with www.Gosection8.com, which provides an enhanced program to list rental properties online. Listings are available to potential Housing Choice Voucher tenants seeking apartment units, duplexes, single-family homes, or townhomes in the private market. If you have any questions regarding registering, creating or viewing property listings, please contact the GoSection8 toll free help line at 1-866-466-7328. It is recommended that Landlords add photos to their listing for better advertising and faster lease up.
The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office has authored a fact sheet for realtors and landlords to clarify Massachusetts fair housing laws for renting and advertising properties. Click here for a copy.
Discrimination by a landlord is prohibited
Landlords should be aware that Chapter 151B of the Massachusetts General Laws prohibits discrimination by a landlord against any tenant receiving federal, state, or local housing subsidies, including rental assistance or rental supplements, because the individual is such a recipient.
A landlord’s refusal to accept emergency rental assistance, that covers the entire amount owed to the landlord, may, in some circumstances, constitute a violation of Chapter 151B. Landlords should consult their own legal counsel for advice before declining rental assistance that covers all outstanding rent arrears.
Visit the link below to learn more about how to receive landlord assistance for yourself and your tenants
Housing Quality Standards (HQS) Inspections
To rent to a tenant who has a Housing Choice (Section 8) Voucher, your property must meet minimum Housing Quality Standards. The inspection checklist below can help you prepare for an HQS inspection.
Home Modification Loan Program (HMLP)
The Home Modification Loan Program (HMLP) is a state-funded loan program that provides financing to homeowners and small landlords for necessary home modifications. For more information visit the HMLP webpage.
Low-cost financing for lead paint abatement
HRA administers the Get the Lead Out program for owners of 1-4 family properties in Franklin County. Click here for more information on how to qualify for a low-interest loan to eliminate lead-based paint hazards from your rental properties.
Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers — Payment Standards And Utility Allowances
Additional Housing Resources
Other Local Housing Options: other housing resources in and around Franklin County
Housing Consumer Education Center: resource website
MassLegalHelp.org: know your legal rights
Community Legal Aid: apply online for free legal help
MA Attorney General’s Office: Consumer Advocacy & Response Division
DHCD: emergency assistance for families facing housing crisis
Servicenet: shelter and housing services