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Participant Obligations

Union Parish Section 8 Housing Participant Obligations 24 CFR 982.551

  1. Supplying required information. The family must supply any information that the PHA or HUD determines is necessary in the administration of the program, including submission of required evidence of citizenship or eligible immigration status (as provided by 24 CFR 982.551). "Information" includes any requested certification, release or other documentation.

  2. Annual and Interim Examinations. The family must supply any information requested by the PHA or HUD for use in a regularly scheduled re-examination or interim re-examination of family income and composition in accordance with HUD requirements.

  3. Disclosure and Consent. The family must disclose and verify Social Security Numbers (as Provided by 24 CFR 5.216) and must sign and submit consent forms for obtaining information in accordance with 24 CFR5.230).

  4. Any information supplied by the family must be true and complete.

  5. Report Changes. The family must report ALL changes in income. Sources of income include but are not limited to: wages, government benefits (Social Security, SSI, VA, and TANF), unemployment benefits, pension, child support, and regular contributions and/or gifts from friends and family members. This includes ALL household members. Failure to do so will result in being subject to pay all monies owed and possibly prosecuted for fraud.

  6. HQS breach caused by family. The family is responsible for an HQS breach caused by the family as described in 24 CFR 982.404(b).

  7. Allowing PHA Inspection. The family must allow the HA to inspect the unit at reasonable times and after reasonable notice.

  8. Violation of Lease. The family may not commit any serious or repeated violations of the lease. Under 24 CFR 5.2005(a), an incident or incidents of actual or threatened domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking will not be construed as a serious or repeated lease violation by the victim or threatened victim of the domestic violence, dating violence, for stalking, or as good cause to terminate the tenancy, occupancy rights, or assistance of the victim.

  9. Family notice of move or lease termination. The family must notify the PHA and the owner before the family moves out of the unit, or terminates the lease upon notice of the owner. 24 CFR 982.314(d)

  10. Owner Eviction Notice. The family must promptly give the HA a copy of any owner eviction notice.

  11. Use and Occupancy of Unit. The family must use the assisted unit for residence by the family only. The unit must be the family's only residence.

  12. Household Composition. The composition of the assisted family residing in the unit must be approved by the HA. The family must promptly inform the PHA of the birth, adoption, or court-awarded custody of a child. The family must request PHA approval to add any other family member as an occupant of the unit.
    No other person [i.e., nobody but members of the assisted family] may reside in the unit (except for a foster child or live-in aide.

  13. The family must promptly notify the HA if any family member no longer resides in the unit.

  14. Foster Child or Live-In Aide. If the PHA has given approval, a foster child or a Jive-in aide may reside in the unit. The PHA has the discretion to adopt reasonable policies concerning residence by a foster child or a live-in-aide and define when PHA consent may be given or denied.

  15. Members of the household may engage in legal profit-making activities in the unit, but only if such activities are incidental to the primary use of the unit residence by members of the family.

  16. The family must not sublease the unit, assign the lease or transfer the unit.

  17. Utilities Violation. The family must pay all utility bills and provide and maintain any appliances that the owner is not required to provide under the lease. Failure to do so will result in a 24-hour notice to comply.

  18. Absence from Unit. The family must supply any information or certification requested by the HA to verify that the family is living in the unit, or relating to a family absence from the unit for more than 30 days, including anyHA-requested information or certification for the purposes of family absences.  The family must cooperate with the HA for this purpose. The family must promptly notify the HA of their absence from the unit.

  19. Interest in Unit. The family must not own or have any interest in the unit.

  20. Fraud and Other Program Violation. The members of the family must not commit fraud, bribery, or any other corrupt or criminal act in connection with the program.

  21. Crime by Household Members. The members of the family may not engage in drug-related criminal activity or violent criminal activity or other criminal activity that threatens the health, safety, or right of peaceful enjoyment of other residents and persons residing in the immediate vicinity of the premises (982.553) Under 24 CFR. 5.2005(b), criminal activity directly related to domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, engaged in by a member of a tenant's household or any guest or other person under the tenant's control, shall not be cause for termination of tenancy, occupancy rights, or assistance of the victim if the tenant or immediate family member of the tenant is the victim.

  22. Alcohol Abuse by Household Members. The members of the household must not abuse alcohol in a way that threatens the health, safety, or right to peaceful enjoyment of other residents and persons residing in the immediate vicinity of the premises.

  23. Other Housing Assistance. An assisted family, or members of the family, may not receive Section 8 tenant-based assistance while receiving another housing subsidy, for the same unit or for a different unit, under any duplicative (as determined by HUD or in accordance with HUD requirements) federal, state or local housing assistance program.

  24. Familial Leasing Violation. An assisted family must not receive HCV program assistance while residing in a unit owned by a parent, child, grandparent, grandchild sister, or brother of any member of the family unless the UPSB has determined (and has notified the owner and the family of such determination) that approving rental of the unit, notwithstanding such relationship, would provide reasonable accommodation for a family member who is a person with disabilities.