Roles and Responsibilities
HUD, South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority, The Tenant, and the Landlord
HUD, the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority, the Tenant and the Landlord have obligations and responsibilities under the Voucher Program. Of course, it all starts when Congress appropriates the funding.
- HUD's Role: To cover the cost of the program, HUD provides funds via an Annual Contributions Contract (ACC) to allow PHAs to make housing assistance payments on behalf of the families. HUD also pays the PHA a fee for the costs of administering the program. HUD monitors PHA administration of the program to ensure program rules are properly followed.
- South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority's Role: SC State Housing administers the Voucher Program in seven counties within the state. The PHA provides a family with the housing assistance that enables the family to seek out suitable housing and the PHA enters into a Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contract with the landlord to provide those payments on behalf of the family. If the landlord fails to meet the owner's obligations under the lease, the PHA has the right to terminate assistance payments. The PHA must reexamine the family's income and composition at least annually and must inspect each unit at least annually to ensure that it meets minimum housing quality standards.
- Tenant's Role: When a family selects a housing unit, and the PHA approves the unit and lease, the family signs a lease with the landlord for at least one year. The tenant may be required to pay a security deposit to the landlord. (Note: SC State Housing may be able to offer security deposit assistance.) After the first year the landlord may initiate a new lease or allow the family to remain in the unit on a month-to-month lease.
- Landlord's Role: The role of the landlord in the voucher program is to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing to a tenant at a reasonable rent. The dwelling unit must pass the program's housing quality standards (HQS)and be maintained up to those standards as long as the landlord receives housing assistance payments. In addition, the landlord is expected to provide the services agreed to as part of the lease signed with the tenant and the contract signed with the PHA.
The South Carolina Residential Landlord and Tenant Act is a law passed in July, 1986. It protects South Carolina house, apartment, and room renters and their landlords. If you live in government assistance housing, you have more rights than in this law. For questions concerning your rights or questions concerning this Act, please contact your county Magistrate. Click here for the South Carolina Residential Landlord and Tenant Act.