A Comprehensive Guide to Meeting Section 8 Landlord Criteria and Completing the RFTA HUD Form

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program in Phoenix is essential for offering affordable housing to low-income families. Landlords interested in participating should meet specific criteria and understand how to complete the RFTA HUD Form. This blog post offers a step-by-step guide to assist landlords in meeting criteria and filling out the RFTA HUD Form for a smooth application process.

Meeting Landlords’ Essential Criteria

Before initiating the Section 8 application process, you must ensure you meet certain criteria:

1. Ownership Verification: Your property ownership will be verified through Maricopa County records. In cases of recent ownership changes or unverifiable ownership, you’ll need to provide a copy of the recorded deed.

2. Property Registration: Your rental unit must be registered with the Maricopa County Assessor’s Office as a rental property, classified under legal class four (4). If you are an out-of-state owner, you must have a local property manager or agent.

Completing the Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA) HUD Form

The RFTA HUD Form is a critical document in the Section 8 application process. To ensure a successful application, follow these steps:

1. Complete Address: Furnish the full address of the rental unit, including street address, city, state, and zip code.

2. Number of Bedrooms: Specify the number of bedrooms in the unit.

3. Year of Construction: Indicate the year the unit was built.

4. Proposed Rent: Provide the proposed rent, including any applicable taxes.

5. Security Deposit: State the amount required as a security deposit.

6. Unit Availability: Mention the date when the unit will be available for occupancy.

7. Unit Type: Specify the type of unit being offered.

8. Utility Responsibility: Clearly indicate who will be responsible for paying utilities, using “T” for Tenant or “O” for Owner.

9. Appliance Information: Describe whether the appliances in the unit are powered by natural gas, electricity, or another source.

10. Utility Service Provider: Provide details about the utility service provider for the unit.

11. Refrigerator and Range: Specify who will provide the refrigerator and range.

12. Unassisted Leases: If applicable, include three unassisted (non-Section 8) leases and complete Section 12 of the RFTA.

13. Lead-Based Paint Disclosure: Acknowledge your compliance with lead-based paint disclosure requirements.

14. Signatures: Ensure that both the landlord and participant sign and date the form, providing the necessary address and phone number information.

Consequences of Incomplete Documentation

It’s crucial to provide all required documentation and complete the RFTA HUD Form accurately. Any missing documentation or incomplete information may lead to processing delays, potentially affecting the approval and leasing process.


The Section 8 program is vital for landlords and low-income families seeking affordable housing. By following landlord criteria and completing the RFTA HUD Form diligently, you play a crucial role in the program’s success, fostering equal housing opportunities and reasonable accommodations, which the community greatly values. If you need assistance or have questions, reach out to the Housing Department’s Section 8 Division.

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