Mastering the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program: An In-Depth RFTA Checklist for Landlords and Participants

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, also known as Section 8, is essential for offering affordable housing to families. If you’re a landlord or property owner interested in participating, knowing the required documents is vital. Form HUD-52517, “Request for Tenancy Approval,” is a key element of this process.

Navigating Form HUD-52517

Form HUD-52517 is a two-page document designed to gather essential information from property owners or landlords seeking approval for their units to participate in the HCV program. It is vital to complete this form accurately, as it serves as the initial step in assessing whether a unit meets the program’s requirements.

Key Sections and Information on Form HUD-52517:

Page 1

  1. Public Housing Agency Information: The form begins by capturing the details of the Public Housing Agency (PHA) involved.
  2. Unit Address and Details: The street address, apartment number, city, state, and zip code are recorded here. Information like the requested lease start date, number of bedrooms, year constructed, proposed rent, security deposit amount, and the date the unit is available for inspection must also be provided.
  3. Type of House/Apartment: Check the type of housing unit, whether it’s a single-family detached, semi-detached/row house, manufactured home, garden/walkup, or an elevator/high-rise.
  4. Utilities and Appliances: This section specifies which party, the owner or the tenant, is responsible for utilities and appliances like heating, cooking, water heating, water, sewer, trash collection, air conditioning, refrigerator, range/microwave, and others. Ensure accurate and clear indications to prevent misunderstandings later.
  5. Type of Subsidy: If the unit is subsidized, indicate the type of subsidy received.

Page 2

  1. Owner’s Certifications: Property owners must certify that the rent for the unit does not exceed the rent charged for similar unassisted units. This section also addresses familial relationships between the owner and the tenant. It should be noted that lead-based paint disclosure requirements might apply, depending on the property’s construction date. In case of lead-based paint, owners must provide a disclosure of known information.
  2. Behavior and Suitability: It is clarified that the PHA does not screen the family’s behavior or suitability for tenancy. This responsibility falls on the owner.
  3. Lease Provisions: The owner’s lease must incorporate all provisions of the HUD tenancy addendum.
  4. Inspection: The PHA will arrange an inspection of the unit and inform the owner and tenant of the unit’s approval status.


Form HUD-52517 is a crucial part of the process for property owners looking to participate in the Housing Choice Voucher program. Properly completing this form is essential for a smooth approval process. Ensure that all information is accurate and complete, as it will be a foundational step in providing safe and affordable housing through the Section 8 program. It’s advisable to consult the relevant Handbook and guidelines for further clarity and to stay updated on any changes or updates to the form.

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