Public housing leases are the basis of the legal relationship between the PHA and the tenant. All units must be occupied pursuant to a dwelling lease agreement that complies with HUD's regulations. HUD rules also require the PHA to inspect each dwelling unit prior to move-in, at move-out, and annually during occupancy. In addition, the PHA may require additional inspections in accordance with PHA policy.
An eligible family may occupy a public housing dwelling unit under the terms of a lease. The lease must meet all regulatory requirements and must also comply with applicable state and local laws and codes. The term of the lease must be for a period of 12 months. The lease must be renewed automatically for another 12-month term, except that the PHA may not renew the lease if the family has violated the community service requirement.
After unit acceptance but prior to occupancy, a PHA representative will provide a lease orientation to the family. The head of household or spouse is required to attend.
When families attend the lease orientation, they will be provided with:
A copy of the lease
A copy of the PHA's grievance procedure
A copy of the house rules
A copy of the PHA's schedule of maintenance charges
A copy of the pamphlet Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home
A copy of "Is Fraud Worth It?" (form HUD-1141-OIG), which explains the types of actions a family must avoid and the penalties for program abuse
A copy of "What You Should Know about EIV," a guide to the Enterprise Income Verification (EIV) system published by HUD as an attachment to Notice PIH 2010-19 Information about the protections afforded by the Violence against Women Act of 2005 (VAWA) to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking (see section 16-VII.C)
Topics to be discussed will include:
Applicable deposits and other charges
Review and explanation of lease provisions
Unit maintenance and work orders
The PHA's reporting requirements
Explanation of occupancy forms
Community service requirements
Family choice of rent
For full overview of the Leasing Policy, please visit our office at 450 Walker Street, Cleveland TN 37311.