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1 Welcome to the Mover Session Housing Choice Voucher Program Rent A Truck Company

2 CMHA’s Housing Choice Voucher Program provides reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities. If you need an accommodation, including auxiliary aids and/or services, please contact Customer Service at: 216-431-1471 (voice) or 1-800-750-0750 (Ohio Relay Service)

3 Please Complete the background Record Release Form –Must be completed by everyone in your family 18 and older –Turn in the forms to receive your voucher and moving papers

4 Do you have Changes to report? CMHA requires that you report any changes within 30 days. Includes adding or removing family members. CMHA currently only allows addition to family because of birth, adoption, marriage or court - awarded custody. Increase or decrease in income Keep a copy for your records

5 Looking for a Unit

6 Looking for a GOOD Unit

7 A GOOD Unit should… Be in a low crime area Should offer amenities and community resources Offer employment opportunities Have a good neighborhood appearance

8 Deteriorated Paint The unit must be free from: Chipping Peeling Cracking Any deteriorated paint is unacceptable! All Painted surfaces must be intact. Disturbed painted surfaces will FAIL the inspection

9 Protect Your Family from Lead Free Brochure Included in your moving packet Covers: Protecting your family Harmful effects of lead Reducing lead hazards Contact numbers for more information

10 Excellent Schools West: Bay Village, Lakewood, North Olmsted, North Royalton, Olmsted Falls, Rocky River, Strongsville, and Westlake East: Beachwood, Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Chagrin Falls, Cuyahoga Heights, Independence, Mayfield, Orange, and Solon

11 Available Unit List

12 MOU Memorandum of Understanding

13 CMHA and 18 Suburbs have teamed up to make the Housing Choice Voucher experience uplifting for our participants and our communities. Bedford Bedford Heights Brooklyn Brook Park Cleveland Heights Cuyahoga Heights East Cleveland Euclid Fairview Park Garfield Heights Lakewood Lyndhurst Maple Heights Parma Shaker Heights South Euclid University Heights Warrensville Heights

14 Memorandum of Understanding CMHA will inform each city which units will be subsidized will require that landlords fix all city violations The City will inform CMHA of code violations, police calls, criminal activity and nuisance complaints

15 Inspecting The Unit

16 A Good Unit Should… Pass the inspection the first time!

17 Inspections Checklist Located in your movers papers Also available at Check the items on the list for each unit you visit. Make sure the unit will pass the inspection

18 Inspections Checklist Must correct any city violations Utilities must be turned on at the time of the inspection Unit must be vacant Owner must has Occupancy Permit or Rental Registration

19 Your Moving Papers

20 Your Voucher is good for 120 days… Must pass the background check Must be current on annual requirements Must not be proposed for termination

21 Did you Receive the Orange Card? Your contract was cancelled for Landlord default: You must be under contract within 120 days from date your unit was cancelled. If not, you will be withdrawn

22 Your RFTA Packet Review with owner/agent Complete Everything –(except the lease) You are the: –Family –Participant –Lessee The landlord is the: –Owner –Agent –Lessor

23 Look for a unit with the correct number of bedrooms One bedroom for Head of Household and spouse, if any One bedroom for each two additional family members (regardless of age ) Children under the age of 4 will share a room

24 Meeting The Owner

25 Meeting with the Landlord Be Professional You cannot rent from a direct relative Avoid a landlord that suggests fraud

26 Meeting with the Landlord Ask for the Security deposit policy in writing There is no such thing as “Section 8 Approved”

27 Meeting with the Landlord Ask the landlord if he/she plans to sell the unit or if it is in foreclosure Make sure the unit will pass inspection

28 Research The Owner

29 Check to see who actually owns the property – Who Owns this Unit?

30 Check the owners criminal background – –You can check Civil and Criminal cases Background Check the Owner

31 Housing Discrimination

32 Housing Discrimination When looking for a unit it is ILLEGAL for anyone to deny you housing based on: –Race –Color –National Origin –Sex –Familial Status –Disability

33 What Can I do? Housing Discrimination Hotline –1-800-669-9777 Contact the Fair Housing Board in the Community File a complaint with the HUD Midwest Office

34 Turning In Your Paperwork

35 Fill out paperwork with your New Landlord Return the paperwork to Door B. Don’t forget the 30 day Notice

36 Must be turned in with your new paperwork. Wait until you find the new unit before giving notice Not Required for: –Fire –Foreclosed unit –Landlord Default Minimum of 30 Days Notice

37 Here’s what happens next The landlord will receive a “pre-rent determination” while you wait. If the landlord accepts the offer an Inspection is scheduled within 14 days. Paperwork cannot be dropped off.

38 The results are in.. The results are sent to the Contracting Department If the inspection Passes, the landlord is contacted with the final rent offer When landlord signs the approved lease and the contract and you can move into the unit

39 You have the Keys You MUST: Move in within 5 days or Notify CMHA in 14 days Failure to do so: May result in Termination

40 Moving in… Be packed and ready to move Don’t move in until the unit is under contract Once the new contract is effective, move quickly so you can be out of your old unit before the end of the rental period.

41 Security Deposit

42 Ohio law doesn’t limit the amount of deposits, but if the deposit is more than one month’s rent, the landlord must calculate interest on the overage and pay it to you when the deposit is returned. It is common in this area for deposits to be equal to one months rent. Make sure you get the security deposit policy in writing. Your Security Deposit

43 How to get it back When you move out, your landlord must: 1. Itemize any amount withheld from the deposit. 2. Return the deposit within 30 days of move- out.

44 How to get it back To get your deposit back, you must: 1. Remove all of your possessions. 2. Leave the unit in clean and free of damages 3. Return the keys 4. Give the landlord your forwarding address. 5.Take pictures when you move in and out.

45 Know your Rental Rights I don’t know what to do about the problem I am having at my house. Call the Cleveland Tenants Organization Call 216-432-0609

46 Your Family Obligations

47 Your Family Obligations The family Must supply any requested information to CMHA or HUD The family must provide and disclose Social Security Numbers for ALL family members Any information supplied by the family must be true and complete

48 Your are responsible for any Family caused Inspection violations You must allow the PHA to inspect your unit at reasonable times after reasonable notice. You must not seriously or repeatedly violate your lease Your Family Obligations

49 You must notify the owner and the PHA that you plan to terminate your lease BEFORE you move from the unit The family MUST promptly provide the PHA any eviction notices. The unit must be used by the family and be the family’s only place of residence. Your Family Obligations

50 Family composition must be approved by the PHA. No one is to reside in the unit without approval from the PHA. The family MUST promptly notify the PHA if a family member leaves the unit. Family members may have a legal home business as long as it does not keep the home from being a residence. Your Family Obligations

51 The family must not sublease the unit The family must not assign the lease or transfer the unit The family must not own or have any interest in the unit. Your Family Obligations

52 The family must promptly notify the PHA of family absence from the unit. Family members must not commit –Fraud –Bribery or –Any other corrupt act Your Family Obligations

53 Family members may not commit criminal activity including: –Drug related activity or –Violent criminal activity Family members must not receive any other Housing Assistance while assisted with the voucher. Your Family Obligations

54 Rent Calculation

55 How Your Rent is Determined 1.You and your landlord agree to the proposed rent. 2.CMHA will agree to this amount if: The rent is reasonable compared to the rent for similar unassisted housing in the same neighborhood. The rent amount will not cause the family portion to be more than 40% of your adjusted family income.

56 How Your Rent is Determined 3.Your portion of the rent will be 30-40% of your monthly income. 4. The payment standard is the maximum amount CMHA can pay towards subsidy of rent and utilities

57 Affordability Calculator


59 Enter Your information Select your Bedroom size Select the unit bedroom size Indicate the utilities to be paid and who is responsible Click Calculate


61 Only Pay your CMHA Approved Portion DO NOT “Pay the Difference”

62 Your New Home

63 Your New Home KEEP IT CLEAN! Be Considerate of Your Neighbors Follow the conditions of the lease Keep a professional relationship with the landlord For Rent

64 Update Your Phone Number We need your number to contact you: –Inspections –Appointments –Emergencies Contact Customer Service at: 216-431-1471 to update your phone number

65 Annual Requirements

66 An adult must be present 18 or older You must complete the inspection even if you are moving. 2 missed inspections may result in termination. Annual Inspections

67 Call CMHA for emergencies No water No gas No heat (Oct-April) No electricity Sewer back-up 216-431-1471 Emergency Inspections

68 Call owner for other problems : Repairs Pests Etc Put requests for repairs in writing Give Owner 30 days to repair After 30 days inform CMHA Special Inspections

69 Annual Re-examinations All adults must be present With ID and Income information You must call if you cannot attend BEFORE the appointment time. Failure to attend may result in termination of assistance Call 216-431-1471 if you do not receive your appointment letter

70 Special Programs

71 Family Self-Sufficiency 5 year contract Help save money for Homeownership Help achieve goals to become self-sufficient Increase income=Increased savings Call 216-426-2731 for an appointment

72 Homeownership Must meet the following Qualifications: One year on HCVP Minimum income of $15,000 Minimum $3,000 for down payment Minimum Credit Score of 560 Ask for your application at the front windows

73 Check out These Websites:

74 Available Units

75 Criminal Background

76 Property Owner

77 Excellent Schools

78 Tenant Rights

79 Crime Statistics

80 Thank You Rent A Truck Company

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