Resource Library Portability: Moving with a Section 8 Voucher
Participants in the Housing Choice Voucher Program can move with their voucher to other cities, counties, or states as long as there is 1) A housing authority that provides vouchers and 2) landlords that accept vouchers. The process of moving with a voucher is called Portability.
Below are frequently asked questions regarding the CDA portability process. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
- If you are planning to move, call your housing specialist before giving notice. Some situations may require you to stay in Scott County to remain on the program.
- Give proper notice to your current landlord (usually a written 60+ day notice is required)
- Give a 60-day written notice to move to Scott County CDA
- Vacate your current unit in “Good Standing.”
- Examples of leaving not in good standing are: Failure to give proper notice, damage to the unit beyond wear and tear, and unpaid rent owed to the landlord.
- The new landlord must complete and return the Request for Tenancy Approval form by 4:30 pm on the 15th of the month before you move.
- The inspection for the new unit and notice of inspection will be mailed. Inspection must pass before or on the 1st of the month for the Scott CDA to pay the landlord.
- 12-month leases are required in any jurisdiction. You will be required to sign a 12-month lease upon moving.
- Once your move is complete, the new housing authority will be your contact for future questions and information about your rental assistance.
- Call your housing specialist before giving notice. Some situations may require you to stay in Scott County to remain on the program.
- You cannot pay more than 40% of your adjusted monthly income toward your rent and utilities. If the unit you select costs more than 40% of your adjusted monthly income, the CDA will not approve the unit.
- We will provide a worksheet to estimate the maximum rent you can afford.
- Your rent limit may change if your estimated income differs from your verified income.
- The housing authority you are moving to will determine the bedroom size unit that you are eligible for. Please note different housing authorities have different bedroom size guidelines.
- The new housing authority will have different payment standards, different estimates for utilities that you pay, different rules, policies, and deadlines.