If you get Section 8 rental assistance, you must follow the rules in the lease and meet the Section 8 program rules. You also have to pay rent on time, keep the unit in good condition, and tell the Housing Authority of any changes in income or family size.
If you are kicked off the Section 8 program, the federal government will not help pay your rent. You will have to pay the full amount of rent.
The most common reasons for losing your Section 8 voucher are:
- Breaking any of the program's family obligations (for example, providing false information or failing to provide required information to the Housing Authority)
- Criminal activity or alcohol abuse that threatens the health and safety of others, or repeatedly disturbs them
- Violent criminal activity
- Drug-related criminal activity
- Not paying rent on time
- Not keeping utilities like gas, electric, or water on in the unit
- Missing recertification appointments or inspections
- Allowing someone not approved by the housing authority to live in the unit
- Not living in the unit
Section 8 tenants who are victims of domestic violence may not be terminated from the program because of criminal activity directly related to the abuse. Domestic violence victims should talk to a lawyer if they think they are being evicted for this reason. Learn more about deciding on the right lawyer by watching this video.
Updated: January 2017