Housing Choice Voucher Owner/Agent

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, HUD published Notice PIH 2020-05 on April 10, 2020 which provides waivers and alternative requirements for numerous statutory and regulatory requirements for the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP). The waivers provide administrative flexibilities and relief to Public Housing Agencies (PHAs) in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. In order to continue to provide for the health, safety, and well-being of our staff and customers and to effectively administer our HCVP, SC Housing has adopted the following waivers and alternative requirements that have a direct impact on our customers. Please see our Public Notices Page for More information.

PUBLIC NOTICE: COVID-19 Statutory and Regulatory Waivers for the Housing Choice Voucher Program

Eviction Moratorium COVID-19 FAQs for Public Housing Agencies

Section 4024 of the CARES Act imposes a temporary moratorium on evictions, as well as a moratorium on fees and penalties related to nonpayment of rent. The eviction moratorium is in effect for a 120-day period beginning on March 27, 2020, the date the CARES Act was enacted.The temporary eviction moratorium applies to the public housing program, the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, including the project-based voucher (PBV) program, and the moderate rehabilitation (Mod Rehab) programs administered by HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing (PIH).

**NEW HOURS** The Housing Choice Voucher Department office hours are now Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

**APPOINTMENT ONLY** Office visits are by appointment only. Please contact your coordinator to schedule an office visit.

As the Owner/Agent of a property leased under the Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP), you agree to provide a safe, decent and sanitary unit, charge a reasonable rent compared to other similar market properties, not charge side rent or rent not disclosed to SC Housing and to fulfill other obligations outlined in the lease agreement and Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Contract.

It is the responsibility of the Owner/Agent to determine the suitability of prospective tenants. Owners are encouraged to screen applicants for rent payment history, eviction history, damage to units and other factors related to suitability as a tenant.

Tenants agree to follow the voucher program tenant obligations, which include adherence to the terms of their lease agreement and timely payment of their rent portion.

SC Housing agrees to make a timely rental subsidy payment on behalf of the tenant each month on or before the fifth day of the month and to enforce both the tenant obligations and the HAP Contract. For more information, visit the HCV Program page: Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Important Facts:

  • Tenant selection rests with the owner.
  • Monthly subsidy payments are mailed to the owner on the 2nd business day of each month.
  • Rental assistance promotes stable occupancy and reduces tenant turnover.
  • There is no interference by SC Housing with the owner-tenant relationship except as mediator.
  • Rents may be adjusted annually.

Listing Available Units

SC Housing continually invites owners to make dwelling units available for leasing by eligible voucher holders. We do not directly recommend voucher-holders to your vacancies, but you can list available units online at SC Housing Search, a fast, easy-to-use, free website for renters, buyers, and affordable housing property managers.

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