Rental Housing

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If you see something that is in error or would like an additional resource listed, please contact Lakes & Pines Community Action Council, Inc. at 320.679.1800 or lap@lakesandpines.org.

 

Looking for a Rental?

Check out this listing of rental properties in east central Minnesota. Search by amenities, location and more.

Rental Housing Listing Page

**This listing DOES NOT determine vacancies** You will need to contact the property manager listed to find out if the unit if available.

If you are on facebook, it is also recommended that you do a search for location specific groups. Often facebook users in  a community will create a “For Rent in ABC Community” and available rentals are posted frequently.

 

Own a Rental Property or Thinking of Becoming a Landlord?

Minnesota has some specific laws protecting both rental property owners/managers and tenants. Click here to visit the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General and view or download their publication, “Landlords and Tenants” which summarizes the laws that govern the landlord-tenant relationship .

 

Interested in Improving your Rental Property?

Click here to go to Central Minnesota Housing Partnership’s Rental Rehabilitation Deferred Loan Program, which can cover the costs of repairing or replacing: roofing, siding, windows, doors, insulation, floor coverings, painting, kitchen cabinets/bathroom vanities, appliances, plumbing, furnaces/boilers, electrical, code issues and health and safety items. Eligible soft costs may include administrative fee, title and recording fees, lead paint/asbestos assessment costs and architect fees.

Central Minnesota Housing Partnership is can also assist with financing of energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to building of commercial property owners through Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE).

Call Central Minnesota Housing Partnership at 320-259-0677 for more details.

 

Experiencing a Dispute?

HOME Line is a non-profit Minnesota tenant advocacy organization that provides free and low-cost legal, organizing, education and advocacy services so that tenants throughout Minnesota can solve their own rental housing problems. The hotline service is confidential.

For English, call toll-free from Greater Minnesota: 866-866-3546

For Spanish, call 612-255-8870. HOME Line ofrece servicios en español.

For Somali, call 612-255-8860. HOME Line waxay bixisaa adeeg ku baxa Afka-Soomaaliga.

Bridges Rental Assistance Program

What is the Bridges Rental Assistance Program?

The Bridges Rental Assistance Program provides housing assistance for people with very low incomes and a serious mental illness while they wait for a Housing Choice Voucher or another rental subsidy.

Participants on the program pay rent based on their income and the program pays a rental assistance payment directly to the landlord for the remaining balance of the monthly rent.

Participants leave the Bridges Program as soon as they are able to receive a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher.

What is the eligibility criteria for the Bridges Program?

  • The head of household or other household member must be 18 years of age or over and have a diagnosed serious mental illness as defined in the Comprehensive Mental Health Act
  • The applicant must be eligible to receive a Housing Choice Voucher subsidy or become eligible to receive a Housing Choice Voucher based on successful participation in the Bridges Program
  • The gross income of the household, at the time of initial eligibility, must be at or below 50 percent of the area median income for the household size

 

Where can I use a Bridges Certificate issued by the HRA of Mora?

The HRA of Mora administers the Bridges Rental Assistance Program for Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine Counties.

How do I apply?

Contact the HRA of Mora to request an application or Click Here to download.

For more information about the Bridges Rental Assistance Program, or to request an application, please

 

The Leasing Process from Start to Finish

Step 1:  The landlord screens and selects a suitable tenant.  The tenant provides the “Request for Lease Approval” form to be completed by the landlord and signed by both the landlord and tenant.  The tenant submits the completed form to the HRA.  The form must be received by the 15th of the month in order to begin assistance by the 1st of the following month.

Step 2:  The inspector will contact the landlord to set up an inspection appointment.  The inspector will inspect the property to ensure it passes HUD’s Housing Quality Standards (HQS).  HQS is a minimum inspection code that ensures participating units are decent and safe for the families that will be residing in them.  If the unit does not pass the initial inspection the landlord is given up to 30 days to make the necessary repairs.

Step 3:  When the unit passes the inspection, the Bridges Contract and Lease are signed.  Only after the property passes inspection should the lease between the owner and the family be executed.  The landlord submits the signed Lease, Bridges Contract, W-9 form, and payment information to the HRA office.  Once these required documents are received, the initial payment will be made.

After the Lease:  Once the initial leasing process has been completed, landlords will receive monthly rental assistance payments on the 1st of each month.  Units are inspected annually and both the landlord and tenant are notified of the inspection results.  1099s are sent to landlords at the end of each tax year.  Any rent increases or other changes after the initial lease term should be submitted to the HRA in writing at least 60 days prior to the effective date of the change.

 

Contact Information:

By mail or in person

160 Valhalla Circle

Mora, MN 55051

By phone

(320)679-4789

By fax

(320)679-5638

By email

waitlist@morahra.org

Information about the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

What are housing choice vouchers?

The Housing Choice Voucher program is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market.  Since housing assistance is provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find their own housing, including single-family homes, townhouses and apartments.

The participant is free to choose any housing that meets the requirements of the program and is not limited to units located in subsidized housing projects.

Housing Choice Vouchers are administered locally by public housing agencies (PHAs).  The PHAs receive federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the voucher program.

A family that is issued a housing voucher is responsible for finding a suitable housing unit of the family’s choice where the owner agrees to rent under the program.  This unit may include the family’s present residence.  Rental units must meet minimum standards of health and safety, as determined by the PHA.

A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the PHA of behalf of the participating family.  The family then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.

 

Am I eligible?

Eligibility for a housing choice voucher is determined by the PHA based on the annual gross income and family size and is limited to U.S. citizens and specified categories of non-citizens who have eligible immigration status.  In general, the family’s income may not exceed 50% of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which the family chooses to live.  By law, a PHA must provide 75% of its voucher to applicants whose incomes do exceed 30% of the area median income.  Median income levels are published by HUD and vary by location.  The PHA serving your community can provide you with limits for your area and family size.

During the application process, the PHA will collect information on family income, assets, and family composition.  The PHA will verify this information with other local agencies, your employer and bank, and will use the information to determine program eligibility and the amount of the housing assistance payment.

If the PHA determines that your family is eligible, the PHA will put your name on a waiting list, unless it is able to assist you immediately.  Once your name is reached on the waiting list, the PHA will contact you and issue you a housing voucher.

 

Housing vouchers – how do they function?

The Housing Choice Voucher program places the choice of housing in the hands of the individual family.  When a family is selected by the PHA to participate, it is encouraged to consider several housing choices to secure the best housing for the family’s needs.  A housing voucher holder is advised of the unit size for which it is eligible based on family size and composition.

The housing unit selected by the family must meet an acceptable level of health and safety before the PHA can approve the unit.  When the voucher holder finds a unit that he/she wishes to occupy and has reached an agreement with the landlord over the lease terms, the PHA must inspect the dwelling.

The PHA determines a payment standard that is the amount generally needed to rent a moderately-priced dwelling unit in the local housing market and that is used to calculate the amount of housing assistance a family will receive.  However, the payment standard does not limit and does not affect the amount of rent the landlord may charge or the family may pay.  A family, who has received a housing choice voucher, can select a unit with a rent that is below or above the payment standard.  The housing voucher family must pay 30% of its monthly adjusted gross income to rent and utilities, and if the unit rent is greater than the payment standard, the family is required to pay the additional amount.  By law, whenever a family moves to a new unit where the rent exceeds the payment standard, the family may not pay more than 40% of its adjusted monthly gross income for rent.

 

The rent subsidy

The PHA calculates the maximum amount of housing assistance allowable.  The maximum housing assistance is generally the lesser of the payment standard minus 30% of the family’s monthly adjusted income of the gross rent for the unit minus 30% of monthly adjusted income.

 

Can I move and continue to receive housing choice voucher assistance?

A family’s housing needs change over time with changes in family size, job locations, and for other reasons.  The housing choice voucher program is designed to allow families to move without the loss of housing assistance.  Moves are permissible as long as the family notifies the PHA ahead of time, terminates its existing lease within the lease provisions, and finds acceptable alternate housing.

Under the voucher program, voucher-holders may choose a unit anywhere in the United States but must initially lease a unit within that jurisdiction for the first twelve months of assistance.  A family that wishes to move to another PHA’s jurisdiction must consult with the PHA that currently administers its housing assistance to verify the procedures for moving.

 

Roles – the tenant, the landlord, the housing agency and HUD

Once a PHA approves an eligible family’s housing unit, the family and the landlord sign a lease and, at the same time, the landlord and the PHA sign a housing assistance payments contract that runs for the same term as the lease.  This means that everyone – tenant, landlord and the PHA – has obligations and responsibilities under the voucher program.

 

Tenant’s Obligations

When a family selects a housing unit, and the PHA approves the unit and lease, the family signs a lease with the landlord for at least one year.  The tenant may be required to pay a security deposit to the landlord.  After the first year the landlord may initiate a new lease or allow the family to remain in the unit on a month-to-month lease.

When the family is settled in a new home, the family is expected to comply with the lease and the program requirements, pay its share of rent on time, and maintain the unit in goof condition and notify the PHA of any changes in income of family composition.

 

Landlord’s Obligations

The role of the landlord in the voucher program is to provide decent, safe, sanitary housing to a tenant at a reasonable rent.  The dwelling unit must pass the program’s housing quality standards and be maintained up to those standards as long as the owner receives housing assistance payments.  In addition, the landlord is expected to provide the services agreed to as part of the lease signed with the tenant and the contract signed with the PHA.

 

Housing Authority’s Obligations

The PHA administers the voucher program locally.  The PHA provides a family with the housing assistance that enables the family to seek out suitable housing and the PHA enters into a contract with the landlord to provide housing assistance payments on behalf of the family.  If the landlord fails to meet the owner’s obligations under the lease, the PHA has a right to terminate assistance payments.  The PHA must reexamine the family’s income and composition at least annually and must inspect each unit at least annually to ensure that it meets minimum housing quality standards.

 

HUD’s Role

To cover the cost of the program, HUD provides funds to allow PHAs to make housing assistance payments on behalf of the families.  HUD also pays the PHA a fee for the costs of administering the program.  When additional funds become available to assist new families, HUD invites PHAs to submit applications for funds for additional housing vouchers.  Applications are then reviewed and funds are awarded to the selected PHAs on a competitive basis.  HUD monitors PHA administration of the program to ensure program rules are properly followed.

Housing Choice Voucher Program Landlord Guide

What is the Housing Choice Voucher Program?

The Housing Choice Voucher Program, also referred to as Section 8, is a federally funded rental assistance program administered by the HRA of Mora.  The program is designed to assist low-income families with their monthly rent payment.

Under the HCV Program, families pay at least 30% of their monthly household income toward rent and utilities, but they may pay up to 40% depending upon their income and the cost of the rental property.

Once a property is approved and a Housing Assistance Payments Contract is executed, the HRA will make monthly rental assistance payments directly to the landlord for a portion of the family’s rent.

The HRA of Mora assists families in Chisago and Isanti counties on behalf of the Cambridge EDA.

 

The Leasing Process from Start to Finish

Step 1:  The landlord screens and selects a suitable tenant.  The tenant provides the “Request for Tenancy Approval” form to be completed by the landlord and signed by both the landlord and the tenant.  The tenant submits the completed form to the HRA.  The form must be received by the 15th of the month in order to begin assistance on the 1st of the following month.

Step 2:  The HRA will determine whether an owner’s requested rent is reasonable in comparison to similar unassisted units in the area.  Rent reasonableness takes into consideration such factors as the size, condition and location of the property, as well as any amenities that are included with the unit.  Once the rent has been determined to be reasonable an inspection will be scheduled.

Step 3:  The inspector will contact the landlord to set up an inspection appointment to ensure the unit passes HUD’s Housing Quality Standards.  HQS is a minimum inspection code that ensures participating units are decent and safe for the families that will be residing in them.  If the unit does not pass the initial inspection the landlord is given up to 30 days to make the necessary repairs.

Step 4:  When the unit passes the inspection, the Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) Contract and Lease are signed.  Only after the property passes inspection should the lease between the owner and the family be executed.  The landlord submits the signed Lease, HAP Contract, W-9 form, and payment information to the HRA office.  Once these required documents are received, the initial payment will be made.

After the Lease:  Once the initial leasing process has been completed landlords will receive monthly rental assistance payments on the 1st of each month.  Units are inspected annually and both the landlord and the tenants are notified of the inspection results.  1099s are sent to landlords at the end of each tax year.  Any rent increases or other changes after the initial lease term should be submitted to the HRA in writing at least 60 days prior to the effective date of the change.