Preventing Evictions: Information for HCV Landlords during the COVID-19 Pandemic
If you own rental property in Carroll County and are interested in working with our Housing Choice Voucher program to rent your property, we encourage you to do the following:
- Review the HUD Fact Sheet for an overview of the voucher program and how it works.
- Review the Maryland Department of the Environment Lead Certification Requirements.
- Go to www.mdhousingsearch.org ; www.apartmentlist.com ; www.move.com to list your property for free, and call our office to notify us of the vacancy. We are often able to match tenants and landlords very quickly.
- Visit Landlord Resources on the HUD website.
- Wait for a voucher holder to contact you about your listing.
If a voucher holder is interested in your property, they will present you with a Request for Tenancy Approval form, which must be completed and returned to our office. We will then contact you to finalize details of the contract and arrange for an HCV inspection. Note, we will not inspect any property prior to receiving a Request for Tenancy Approval form from the prospective tenant. If you have questions about the inspection requirements, please contact our office at 410-386-3600. In general, we are going to ensure compliance with all state and county codes, as well as general health and safety concerns. Any household appliance present must be functional. If your unit does not pass, you will have the opportunity to correct the deficiencies.
If you have vacant units you need to rent, please list them for free on www.gosection8.com so that you can reach our voucher holders. This free service is convenient, efficient, and reliable. You may also contact our office to list your vacant units. If you have specific questions for us about renting your unit, please give us a call at 410-386-3600.
If you have received a Rent Reasonableness Survey in the mail from our agency, please complete the form and return by mail or fax. Periodically, our office conducts random surveys of rental units in the area to ensure competitive rents for our owners and tenants. The information you provide in these surveys is not distributed or shared for any other purpose. We thank you for your cooperation in these surveys.
If you currently are involved in a dispute with your tenant or are having problems, please consult the Maryland Attorney General's Landlord and Tenants publication regarding your rights as the property owner.