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.
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160 Valhalla Circle
Mora, MN 55051