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Pierce County Housing Authority
Tacoma, Washington        253.620.5400


Information for current and prospective Landlords associated with Pierce County Housing Authority Programs.

January 16, 2019

Landlord Information


The Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments Program is the first federal housing program to provide housing to low and moderate income families in which the traditional role of the Owner and the Tenant are unchanged. Your participation enables a low-income family to have decent, safe and sanitary housing at a rent they can afford. 


In the on-going effort to maximize housing assistance funds available for our clients, use less paper, reduce environmental waste, provide additional security and become more efficient, Pierce County Housing Authority will transition away from issuing paper checks after May 4, 2015.  Use one of the Direct Deposit links below to enroll in our direct deposit program.  Please also watch your mail for additional information.

 Direct Deposit Online Enrollment

 Direct Deposit Enrollment Information & Form (pdf)


Add Property Listing - Add your rental property available to Section 8 tenants.

Payment Reporting- Instructions and link to enrollment to view your payment details on-line.

Remove Property Listing - Email submission for removal may take up to 10 days.  Please include copy of listing in the email.

W-9 Form (pdf)

Landlord FAQ's  - Fequently asked questions for landlords.

You enter into a Lease agreement with the Tenant. The Housing Authority will provide the Lease, which includes all regulations required by HUD. You sign a Contract with the Housing Authority assuring that a portion of your rent will be paid by the Authority. Your property must be inspected to see that it meets certain Housing Quality Standards (HQS), basically ensuring the housing is decent, safe and sanitary.

A sizable portion of the rent is guaranteed by HUD and paid directly to you by the Housing Authority. The Tenant pays the balance to you. Fair Market Rents (FMR) are set and approved by the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and are adjusted annually. You have the option to select (and screen) any family certified by the Housing Authority as your Tenant. You may also post your vacancies at the Housing Authority and save on advertising costs. You deal directly with the Tenant.

Your rights are the same as they are in the private market. You select Tenants from the pool of eligible families maintained by the Housing Authority. You have the right to evict the Tenant in accordance with State law. You deal directly with the Tenant for any Tenant-caused damages.

Basically, these are the same as they are in the private market. You must perform your obligations under the Housing Authority Contract and Lease. You have the responsibility for maintaining and managing your unit. You pay utilities and services unless specified in the Lease as the Tenant's responsibility. You collect the Tenant's portion of the rent. You comply with the Fair Housing and equal opportunity requirements. 

Any questions, please call our office at 253-620-5400.

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