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Requirements and Guidelines

How to Become a Housing Choice Voucher Landlord
Please click “Housing List” within the menu on the left to access the Housing List.

Browse our Housing Quality Standards page and read HUD’s guide “A Good Place to Live!” for the basics on preparing a unit to meet standards for rental through HCV. For a complete guide to the HCV program, read the HCV Admin Plan.

New Landlord Classes
A class for new landlords is held on the third Wednesday of every quarter at CMHA’s central office from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM in Conference Room A. Conference Room A is located directly behind the front reception desk. Email for further information.

January 16, 2019; April 17, 2019; July 17, 2019; October 16, 2019

Rental Property Registration Requirements for the State of Ohio
Ohio House Bill 294 (effective September 28, 2006) requires the owner(s) of residential rental property to file certain information with the County Auditor of the county in which the property is located. Residential rental property is defined as: real property, 1 or more dwelling units leased or rented solely for residential purposes, mobile home park or site where lots are leased for parking mobile/manufactured homes/RV’s for residential purposes. To register your property with the Franklin County Auditor’s office visit the Franklin County Auditor website and follow the “Register As a Residential Rental Property Owner” link.

Initial inspections
Initial inspections are scheduled up to 15 days after the Request for Tenancy Approval form (available at CMHA) is submitted and approved. Your unit must be ready for occupancy at the time of the initial inspection. Do not rely on the inspection report as the unit’s maintenance work order. CMHA may refuse to conduct the inspection if the unit is not ready to be inspected. HUD’s guide A Good Place To Live! (PDF) is an excellent guide for preparing a home for rental through HCV programs.

What are Housing Quality Standards (HQS)?
Housing Quality Standards (HQS) are minimum property standards that have been approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. CMHA is required to enforce these federal property standards to ensure that all HCV assisted properties are decent, safe and sanitary.

We apply these property standards in a fair and consistent manner. Our ultimate priority is that all program participants are entitled to decent and safe housing. Landlords and their HCV residents have dual responsibilities for complying with HQS regulations. Our HCV staff is committed to working with landlords and residents to ensure that all of our assisted properties meet Housing Quality Standards. See HQS guidelines (link to subpage) for recommendations on how to properly prepare your property for inspection.

HQS Guidelines
» Click here the see the guidelines

Housing Quality Standards Non-Compliance
» Click here the see Quality Standards Non-Compliance

Request for Tenancy Approval
Please make sure you complete all sections of the Request for Tenancy Approval form and be sure to attach a copy of the unsigned lease you want to use. You will need to list the square footage for the unit and the year built. Unless we have this information, we will not be able to accept the form. If you don’t know the square footage, you may visit the Franklin County Auditor’s web.

Initial Contract Payments
Every effort is being made to make the first payment for a new contract as soon as possible. However, contracts cannot be processed if owners have not signed the housing assistance payment contract. If you need to make special arrangements to sign your contract, please email Our goal is to make the first payment within thirty days of the effective date of the contract.