Landlord Information

General Information

Landlord Liaison
From leftDonna Leon and Kenneth Gray
Landlord Liaison

Landlord Briefing
Landlord Briefing

The Landlord Guide to the Section 8 Housing Program is being given to you as part of your initial program briefing. It contains a great deal of information and should answer many of the questions you have regarding the Section 8 Program.

The Section 8 Tenant-Based Assistance Program administered by The Tampa Housing Authority, (THA) is funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the purpose of the program is to make decent, safe and sanitary housing affordable to very-low, and extremely low income households in the private rental market.

Households that meet eligibility requirements normally pay approximately 30% to 40% of their adjusted monthly income towards their monthly rent and utility costs. The program pays the balance of the rent directly to the owner of the rental property or to their appointed agent.

In order for the Section 8 Program to be successful, it is vital that a good working relationship is developed between Tampa Housing Authority and property owners and managers who contract with the THA to provide housing for program participants. One of the goals of this guide is to provide landlords with all the information they will need to be successful not only renting to a Section 8 participant, but as a landlord in general.

Landlord/Managers can visit the Landlord Liaison Department Monday through Thursday 9 am to 4:30 pm. You can also contact the Department via email at

If you would like to apply to be a registered landlord with the Tampa Housing Authority, fill out our Online Landlord Application (requires registering in our Portal and logging in). Also available online are our forms to change your address, or direct deposit information.

You can view your payments ledger, and pay the abatement fee through the THA Portal. We encourage you to register in the THA Portal, and attach your Vendor Account to take advantage of these and other tools for landlords that will be added in the future.
Instructions to register in the THA Portal are in this document.
Instructions for using the abatement tool are in this document.

The CGI Inspections Portal is also available to get specific information regarding inspections. It is a separate portal from the THA Portal and you must register there separately to use it. See below.
Inspection Information
Tenants and Landlords are invited to register for the HQS Inspections Portal for real-time information
  • View Inspection Notifications
  • View Inspection Schedules
  • View Inspection Results
  • View Pictures of Fail Items
  • Print Copies of Reports
LandLord Orientations
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Are you new to the program or wondering if the program is right for you? Are you a current landlord but have not attended a Landlord Orientation Class within the last year? THA offers orientations for prospective and current landlords. These orientations will address every aspect of the program and erase any misconceptions. Attending a Landlord Orientation is mandatory for program participation, and is Free.

If you currently live out of state and have a local manager for your property here, please contact us so we can make different arrangements for you to meet the mandatory attendance requirement.

Orientations Date & Time (Free to attend)
12/21/2016 2pm-5pm Reserve Your Seat Now

Online training
Tampa Housing Authority And The Landlord Property Management Academy are proud to announce a Landlord/Property Management Online training. THA offered this training face-to-face on a monthly basis; however, it proved to inconvenient for those owners with a busy schedule or for those who are located out of town.

You will now experience the same training but at your convenience. The online landlord training course goes through different modules and after completion of all modules you will receive a certificate of completion. THA will be notified of the completion.

The benefit of online training is the 24/7 access to the most current educational online material available, including the required owner/landlord training.

Along with the landlord training class, there are other training courses offered by The Landlord Property Management Academy. All THA landlords and property managers will have access to the highest quality property management online training available to include the academies prestigious online certification.

The online training access will provide the following but not limited to:
  • Online certification courses
  • Free online training
  • Tenant Screening portal
  • Landlord/property management resource center, which will include strategic partners that provide services that better aid landlords and property managers in their day-to-day businesses.
  • Access to free weekly blogs and articles
  • Free online roundtable discussion's that will be recorded so all landlords and property managers are able to access if they cannot attend the live online round table. (The round table is design for landlords and property managers to ask questions to the industries leading experts.)
  • 24/7 access from laptop or mobile device
Please go to this link to register for the online training and start your online experience:

If you should have any questions please contact Margaret Jones at or Kenneth Gray at
LandLord Forum


You are cordially invited to attend our NEW Landlord Forum. This event will give NEW and Existing Landlords the opportunity to hear about the improvements taking place with our Landlord Program and to familiarize owners with the Assisted Housing Department. Attending the Landlord Forum is Free.

Please register below. Seating is limited to 80 people at each session.

Forum Dates and Times (Free to attend)
 10/18/20166:00pm - 8:00pm3
 11/8/20166:00pm - 8:00pm4
 12/13/20166:00pm - 8:00pm5

Needed: Qualifying Units for Veterans

The Housing Authority of the City of Tampa (THA) has been awarded 205 HUDVASH vouchers which are targeted for veterans who are homeless and chronically homeless. This makes a total of 645 allotted HUDVASH vouchers since 2008. The HUDVASH program operates in the same manner as the Housing Choice Voucher program except that families are referred from the Veterans Administration to the Tampa Housing Authority to receive a voucher for housing. The family will pay a portion of rent based on his or her income and THA in essence will pay the difference as long as the rent is considered reasonable.

THA is looking for owners who are willing to rent to the chronic and non-chronic homeless veteran population. Under the Department of Housing and Urban Development's definition, a chronically homeless individual is someone who has experienced homelessness for a year or longer, or who has experienced at least four episodes of homelessness in the last three years and has a disability. A family with an adult member who meets this description would also be considered chronically homeless. Chronically homeless people are among the most vulnerable people in the homeless population. This particular population may have behavioral health problems, including severe mental illness and substance abuse disorders, conditions that may be exacerbated by physical illness, injury or trauma. Consequently, they are frequent users of emergency services, crisis response, and public safety systems. These individuals if not provided permanent supportive housing may die on the streets.

Often time these individuals may not pass the normal or standard tenancy screening criteria and are often denied housing. Owners who are willing to bypass the normal screening process such as waiving the security deposit, including all utilities in the rent, and allowing for leniency on the screening criteria will allow more veterans to be housed. These veterans are matched with Veterans Administrative case managers who provide continuous services to ensure the veteran will remain housed. The case managers will serve as mediators in the instance the veteran may violate the lease.

Opening Doors is the nation’s first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. The Plan was presented to the Office of the President and Congress on June 22, 2010 and puts us on a path to end Veterans and chronic homelessness by 2015; and to ending homelessness among children, families, and youth by 2020. A Rapid Results Housing Boot Camp was held April 15-17 in Tampa, Fla. This event was designed to train those already helping homeless Veterans in their communities to learn new and more efficient ways to house Veterans and provide them with the services they need. Teams of representatives from the Veterans Administration, Tampa Housing Authority, the Homeless Coalition, and Hillsborough Homeless Recovery and other agencies united and pledged to end chronic veteran homelessness by 2015 by working toward the goal of housing 60 veterans a month. Therefore, in order to meet the President’s goal of ending chronic veteran homelessness, THA needs committed partners that will provide housing to our veterans.

In order to house the chronically homeless, it is our goal to make available 30-40 pre-inspected units for these veterans. If you are interested in having your unit pre-inspected and made available for veterans, please contact Margaret Jones at THA is also interested in Shared Housing which has proven to be beneficial to the veterans as they remain part of unique bond. Shared housing is basically leasing each bedroom of a unit, e.g., three bedroom home would house three separate veterans with individual leases. The rent to owner would be divided based on the bedrooms in the unit. If interested please also email

If you are unable at this time to lease a unit to a veteran, there is still opportunity to assist. Veterans may not have funds to pay for security or utility allowance deposits, furnishings, or household goods. All donations made will go directly to a veteran in need. You may make your donation at the Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County’s website.

The link below is the information presented at the June 25th Community Forum meeting:
Homeless To Housed

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The Housing Authority of the City of Tampa provides equal opportunity to participates in our housing programs. Any disabled person, outlined by the American With Disabilities Act, requiring a reasonable accommodation to make this process accessible may request such by contacting (813) 341-9101

Where can I get more Help?

Assisted Housing Information:
(813) 253-0551

Public Housing Information:
(813) 341-9101

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