The City of New Braunfels Housing Authority has partnered with GoSection8.com, which provides an enhanced program to list rental properties online. Listings are available to potential Housing Choice Voucher tenants seeking apartment units, duplexes, single-family homes or townhomes in the private market. If you have any questions regarding registering, creating or viewing property listings, please contact the GoSection8 toll-free helpline at 1-866-466-7328.
*It is recommended that Landlords add photos to their listing for better advertising and faster lease up!
Before an applicant can be assisted in a unit, the unit must pass a Housing Quality Standards inspection. A unit must be decent, safe, and sanitary. The following is a list of items that frequently cause a unit to fail on an inspection for the Section 8 program.
In addition to the initial inspection, the NBHA will inspect units at least every two years. We recommend that you protect your investment by inspecting the unit in years when the NBHA does not. We will also, upon request by the tenant or landlord, complete special inspections.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has implemented new regulations regarding lead based paint in units built prior to 1978 where children under 6 years old reside or may reside in the future. Inspectors are required to inspect for deteriorated paint (where surfaces are peeling, cracking, chipping or chalking) in these units. If deteriorated paint is found, then the unit can not pass inspection until the owner obtains a Clearance Report from a Certified Lead Inspector. Because obtaining the report can be time consuming and expensive, owners are strongly advised to inspect their property and take care of any deteriorated paint prior to the inspection. You can obtain more information about lead based paint hazards and safe work practices from HUD.
The amount of security deposit a landlord can collect from the tenant is determined by the landlord. The security deposit for assisted tenants may not exceed security deposits for non-assisted tenants, or what is common practice in the private rental market. The security deposit is paid by the tenant and is 100% refundable unless there are itemized charges for unpaid rent, damages and/or cleaning beyond normal wear and tear.
A reasonable pet deposit or fee may be collected in addition to the security deposit. The pet fee need not be refundable.
Contract Rent is the maximum amount the owner can collect from the NBHA and the tenant. A landlord cannot collect any money other than that specified in the lease and lease amendments.
Three factors determine Contract Rent:
The NBHA Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) is paid directly to the landlord. Payment is made the first of every month. The first payment is issued only after signatures have been obtained.
The tenant payment is collected by the landlord.