The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Contract is a legal agreement which defines the relationship between LHA and the owner in providing rent assistance. Payment to the owner does not begin until all paperwork is correct, signed, and returned to LHA. LHA makes monthly rent payments directly to the bank account of the owner or the owner's agent.

After the unit passes inspection, LHA will send the owner the HAP Contract (part B and part C) and the Tenancy (Lease) Addendum. The HAP Contract will need to be signed by the owner or owner's agent. A copy of the signed HAP Contract will be returned to the owner and a copy of the Tenancy (Lease) Addendum will be forwarded to the tenant.

LHA may deny approval to an owner to lease a unit:

1. If the owner has violated obligations under the Housing Choice Voucher HAP Contract.

2. When directed by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).

3. If the owner has committed fraud, bribery, or any other corrupt or criminal act in connection with any federal housing program.

4. If the owner has a history of practice of non-compliance with the lease or Housing Quality Standards.

5. If the owner has not paid state or local real estate taxes, fines, or assessments.

6. If the owner has a history of practice of renting units that fail to meet state or local housing codes.

7. If the owner has engaged in drug trafficking.