Harford County, Maryland
 
Harford County Maryland

Housing Agency
15 South Main Street, Suite 106, Bel Air, MD 21014 410.638.3045/410.879.2000
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Shawn A. Kingston
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HOUSING SERVICES

LANDLORDS


1.  CAN I GET AN INSPECTION OF MY RENTAL UNIT BEFORE I FIND AN ELIGIBLE FAMILY TO BE MY TENANT? Top
 
  • The resources of the Housing Agency are limited, and we usually do inspections after your unit is selected by an eligible family and a Request for Lease Approval is completed.
  • If you intend to place the unit on our available property list, an exception may be made.
  • We request that you make any necessary repairs prior to an inspection to avoid the necessity of a second inspection and a delay in the start of the lease and contract effective period.
2.  CAN THE HOUSING AGENCY PROVIDE A CREDIT CHECK FOR ME ON A CLIENT? Top
 

No.  The Landlord may contact a Tenant Screening Service or credit reporting company.

3.  HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS FAMILY WILL BE A GOOD TENANT IN MY RENTAL PROPERTY? Top
 

The Housing Agency does not know.  It is the Landlord's responsibility to screen all prospective renters.

4.  HOW DO I REPORT A VIOLATION OF THE LIVABILITY CODE? Top
 

Residents within the town limits of Bel Air, Havre de Grace, or Aberdeen:

Contact your town office:

Bel Air:  410-879-9500
Havre de Grace:  410-939-1800
Aberdeen:  410-272-1600

Residents outside of the town limits:

Click here to file a Livability Complaint.      

15 South Main Street, Suite 106
Bel Air, MD 21014
Fax:  410-879-7148 / Email:  housing@harfordcountymd.gov
Phone:  410-638-3045

5.  HOW DOES A PERSON OR FAMILY APPLY FOR A VOUCHER? Top
 

There are four steps to applying for a rental subsidy:

  1. The head of household's name is placed on the Housing Agency's waiting list.
  2. When selected from the waiting list, a formal application must be completed.
  3. The applicant must attend a briefing on rules, regulations, and family obligations.
  4. The Housing Choice Voucher is issued at the briefing.
6.  HOW LONG CAN A FAMILY REMAIN ON THE HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM? Top
 

Provided that there is continued funding of the Program, families can remain on the Program for as long as they are eligible for a rent subsidy, and remain in compliance with their family obligations under the Program.

7.  HOW OFTEN ARE THE RENTAL UNITS INSPECTED BY THE HOUSING AGENCY? Top
 

The units are inspected prior to a contract being signed, and at least annually thereafter. 

8.  I AM HOMELESS -OR- I AM ABOUT TO BE EVICTED. WHAT ASSISTANCE CAN I RECEIVE? Top
 

For emergency shelters/placements and eviction services, contact the Community Action Agency:

1321-B Woodbridge Station Way
Edgewood, MD 21040
*Walk-ins accepted Monday-Friday, 8:30am-12:30pm.  From 1pm-4pm, call 410-612-9909, ext. 2204 for an appointment.  After hours & weekends, contact any local law enforcement for referral to the Disaster Assistance Coordinator.

Click here for a listing of shelters and other resources in Harford County.

9.  I WANT TO BUY A HOME. WHAT ASSISTANCE CAN I RECEIVE? Top
 

Contact one of our housing counselors for information:

15 South Main Street, Suite 106
Bel Air, MD 21014
410-638-3045
Email:  housing@harfordcountymd.gov

10.  I'M HAVING A PROBLEM WITH MY LANDLORD. Top
 
  • Contact the Housing Agency for assistance and referral:

15 South Main Street, Suite 106
Bel Air, MD 21014
410-638-3045
Email:  housing@harfordcountymd.gov

Click here to file a Livability Complaint.

-or-

  • Call the Landlord/Tenant hotline (Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.) at 1-800-487-6007
11.  I'M HAVING A PROBLEM WITH MY TENANT. Top
 
  • Contact the Housing Agency for assistance and referral:

15 South Main Street, Suite 106
Bel Air, MD 21014
410-638-3045
Email:  housing@harfordcountymd.gov

-or-

  • Call the Landlord/Tenant hotline (Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.) at 1-800-487-6007
12.  I'M HAVING PROBLEMS MEETING MY MORTGAGE. WHAT ASSISTANCE CAN I RECEIVE? Top
 

Contact one of our housing counselors for information:

15 South Main Street, Suite 106
Bel Air, MD 21014
410-638-3045
Email:  housing@harfordcountymd.gov

13.  IS THERE A CODE FOR RENTAL HOUSING STANDARDS? Top
 

Yes, the Livability Code for Rental Housing.  All rental units located in Harford County must meet the health and safety standards for basic equipment and facilities used for light, ventilation, heating, and sanitation.

14.  WHAT HAPPENS IF MY TENANT MOVES OUT AND LEAVES DAMAGES TO MY HOUSE? Top
 
  • The tenant is responsible for any damages to the unit.  The security deposit is intended to cover damages. 
  • If the rental unit is damaged, the tenant will lose his/her eligibility to receive future rental assistance.
15.  WHAT IS A HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER? Top
 

The Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) is a federally-funded rent subsidy program for low-income persons.

16.  WHAT RENTAL SUBSIDY PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE? Top
 
  • Section 8 (Housing Choice Voucher Program)
  • Rental Allowance Program (RAP)
17.  WHAT TYPE OF HOUSING QUALIFIES FOR THE HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM? Top
 

Any housing unit (whether a single family house, apartment, duplex, condominium, elderly high-rise, or handicap-accessible unit) that is decent, safe, and sanitary.  The rent must be reasonably priced.

18.  WHO QUALIFIES FOR THE HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM? Top
 

Single people, families, elderly people, and disabled people qualify for the Program.  Qualification is based on income and family composition.

19.  WHO WILL PAY ME THE RENT MONEY, AND HOW MUCH WILL THE TENANT PAY? Top
 
  • The Housing Agency pays directly to the Landlord an amount based on the tenant's income and the Fair Market Rent. 
  • The tenant pays their share of the rent directly to the Landlord.
20.  WHO WILL PAY ME THE SECURITY DEPOSIT, AND HOW MUCH WILL I GET? Top
 

The tenant pays the amount that you are requiring, as long as it is within the state law.  The Housing Agency does not pay the security deposit. 

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