Request for Rent Increase Procedure

All rent increase requests require 60 days written notice prior to the effective date of the change.

Please download the form and instructions:

Rent Increase Procedure and Form 2020

This gives the housing authority 30 days to process and provides a 30 day notice to the participant since the rent increase may raise the participant’s rental portion.
1. Landlord will send a letter to both the Participant and Housing Authority (HA), 60 days in advance, showing the requested rent increase and proposed effective date.

2. Landlord will include with the increase letter a copy of the amenities sheet to the HA.

3. Upon receipt of the requested amenities sheet, the HA will determine whether or not the request falls within the “Rent Reasonableness” guidelines and will advise the landlord of their findings.

4. The tenant is not responsible for any additional rental amount until approved by the HA and written notification has gone out to both owner and tenant.

5. At all times, during the assisted tenancy, the rent to owner may not exceed the “rent reasonableness” as most recently determined (or re-determined) by the HA per regulations provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  There is the possibility that the contract rent may have to be reduced.  That means the landlord will have to lower the rent or give the tenant the appropriate notice to move.  That does not mean that you can get a higher contract rent with a new Section 8 participant.

6. If the requested rent increase is approved and/or the landlord agrees to the “rent reasonableness” amount, the HA will proceed with the processing.

What is Rent Reasonableness?

  • Rent Reasonableness is the HUD mandated process that housing authorities use to ensure that HCV program participants pay a “reasonable” amount of rent to owners
  • “Reasonable” is defined as what a knowledgeable consumer will pay for rent in a particular rental market


  • To assure that program participants pay rents that are comparable for the market
  • To assure that program rents do not adversely affect the jurisdictional rental market
  • To ensure effective disbursement of agency HAP dollars