In Landlord-Tenant Issues
If you are on section 8 can you sue them and the landlord for allowing you to live in deplorable conditions?
Answer . I cannot see how Section 8 (your local housing authority), and your landlord could both conspire to allow you to live in such deplorable conditions as you so claim…. As stated below by another user, your dwelling must meet housing quality standards as dictated by HUD, not your local housing authority and not your landlord. Every year, in order for you to maintain your voucher in the same apartment or dwelling, it must be inspected by the Housing Program Coordinator, or HPC. In addition to their performing standard inspections they ask you if there are any repairs that you feel need to be made. If that repair is essential for meeting housing quality standards, the HPC will so state on his report, which may result in flagging the apartment or dwelling for further inspection, simply asking the landlord to repair it, or failing the apartment of the inspection. If your dwelling fails or housing quality standards as a result of this inspection, your landlord will be asked to repair the item or you will be required to move to another dwelling.. Now, with regard to suing your landlord over this, it depends on any damages the landlord may have caused by failing to repair the item requested. This matter is primarily between you and your landlord, not your local housing authority. If, on the other hand, the housing program coordinator knowingly passes an apartment or dwelling, knowing that it fails to meet housing quality standards according to HUD, then you can file a complaint to the housing authority or to HUD about this. The regional HUD office and your local housing authority are two different agencies, though they may be adjacent to each other. By going to the HUD web site you can download a copy of an inspection form that is used by the housing program coordinator.. THE MATERIAL BELOW WAS WRITTEN BY ANOTHER USER. I agree with this statement.. Section 8 housing has to meet certain criteria. All outlets in your apartment have to be in working order, the windows and blinds must open and close properly, the heat and all apliances must be working, toilets must flush, sinks must drain, etc. There is also a degree of cleanliness that must be met on your end. No mold or filth etc. There are many requirements from the housing athority as to the condition your home must be in to qualify for the program. I am an apartment manager for a section 8 property and have to have the resident units inspected every year to qualify for their program. If I were you I would request an inspection from the housing authority and go from there. I would also document all correspondnce between myself and the landlord and the housing authority with dates and times and details of conversation. So, request an inspection and then go from there. ( Full Answer )