Is your Wait List Open?
Answer: DuPage Housing Authority is closed for applications at this time. When we do open again for applications we will post a public notice in the local paper, reach out to local agencies and post on our website to ensure the opening is made public. No time frame can be given at this time, as so many factors affect how quickly we can serve the current applicants on our current wait list so that we may open again. Our timelines are dependent on funding and the number of people who exit the program, that we are currently serving.
Do you have a unit listing?
Answer: We do not manage any unit or landlord listing. However, we recommend the GoSection8.com website to both landlords and tenants (LINK provided below). This should not be the only resource you use to find or list available units. You are encouraged to use all rental websites, realtors, community boards and local newspapers to increase your chances of finding a unit or tenant.
If the tenant violates the lease agreement, is it impossible to evict a Section 8 tenant?
Answer: The DHA does not support any violations of lease agreements. If a tenant violates a lease agreement, the landlord must treat that tenant as they would any non-subsidized tenant. The only difference in the eviction process is that the landlord must send copies of all legal notices to the DuPage Housing Authority.
Why does a landlord have to provide proof of ownership?
Answer: This is a rental assistance program. Our agency must assure that the tenant does not have any economic interest in the subsidized unit.
If my rent is more than the DuPage Housing Authority approved amount, can the tenant pay the difference?
Answer: Rents may be above the Payment standards but must be approved by DHA. A tenant must not pay any additional monies out of pocket to the landlord without DHA approval.
How long does it take for my unit to be approved?
Answer: Once you’ve submitted a RFTA (Request for Tendency Approval) has been reviewed for affordability and rent reasonableness, it will be passed to the inspector, who will then schedule an inspection with the landlord. This process on average takes 10 business days.
Delays in processing can occur due to incomplete packet, rent negotiations, unit not ready for inspection and tenant affordability issues.
Who pays the security deposit?
Answer: The tenant is responsible for the entire security deposit.
Does my unit have to be pre-approved?
Answer: The unit does not have to be inspected prior to screening a tenant. The unit must be inspected and passing prior to the tenant taking possession or subsidy beginning.