Government Shutdown and BRHP Operations
Updated: January 18, 2019
The Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership (BRHP) continues to operate normally during the government shutdown. BRHP receives most of its funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which is affected by the shutdown. However, BRHP has received funding from HUD for January and February payments to landlords and tenants, and has reserves on hand for payments through March. If the shutdown continues beyond March, BRHP will make every effort to continue to provide payments and maintain normal operations. BRHP will continue to communicate updates as the situation changes in the coming weeks.
Do we have your correct mailing address on file?
It's time to mail the 1099's. Do you know where your 1099 will go? Have you moved or do you have a new mailing address? Now is the time to update your record on our Landlord Portal. Please don't wait to update! To ensure your 1099 gets to the correct address, you must update your Landlord Portal information by January 15, 2019. Not sure what address is on file? Check the Portal now.
Notice: New Housing Café Landlord Portal Launched
BRHP has launched a new portal for its landlords where you can view payments, inspection results, and see other information. All landlords who are receiving payments from BRHP should receive a registration code by mail and email with instructions for how to register. If you have that registration code, please visit the NEW Housing Café Portal to begin the registration process. Payments made on April 1, 2016 and later will appear in the new portal. For historical information, and to access and download the 2015 1099, please visit our old Landlord Portal or Agent Portal.
The Baltimore Housing Mobility Program, operated by BRHP, connects participating landlords with qualified, prescreened applicants who are searching for better housing options. As a participating landlord or owner, you have the opportunity to boost your occupancy without increasing your marketing costs. Most importantly, you will not give up any control over how you manage your property.
Funding for this program is made possible by the United States Congress, distributed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and administered by local housing agencies.
By paying a portion of the family’s rent directly to the property owner, the program helps low- to moderate-income families to rent housing in the private market, while allowing the landlord to retain all the rights, responsibilities and privileges of being the property owner.
A. Our goal is to help eligible families locate to safe and affordable rental housing in parts of Baltimore City and in five surrounding counties--Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties. The Baltimore Housing Mobility Program administers two types of rental assistance programs: the Tenant-Based Voucher Program and the Project-Based Voucher Program. In either case, you maintain control over your own property management decisions. You screen and make your own decisions about applicant suitability, using the same criteria in accordance with Fair Housing laws as you use to screen any other prospective tenant. As an owner, you have the option to advertise in traditional ways or to let us market your units to program participants for you at no charge.
A. All styles of decent and safe housing located in Opportunity Areas are eligible. Opportunity Areas are census tracts with high-quality housing, low poverty, good schools, and access to jobs. This includes apartments and single-family homes, provided the rent is reasonable for the type, size, condition and location. Eligible units must be approved census tracts in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, or Howard County. Use the BRHP Opportunity Area Search Tool to determine if your property is in an Opportunity Area.
Once an applicant finds a unit and the owner finds the family suitable, the applicant is required to submit a Request for Tenancy Approval (RTA). This may also be referred to as a RFTA. The family will provide you with the RTA packet. After the RTA is submitted, the requested rent is reviewed for comparability with other nearby rentals. If the requested rent is determined reasonable, the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program calls the owner to schedule an inspection. All units must pass a Housing Quality Standard (HQS) inspection prior to program participation. The property must be unoccupied and all utilities turned on before it can be inspected. Additionally, the unit must be maintained in accordance with HQS while in the program. Once a unit passes inspection, the landlord signs a Housing Assistance Payments (HAP) contract with BRHP. The prospective tenant and owner sign the actual lease, and the owner submits those documents to BRHP.
Families are responsible for paying security deposits. The deposit may not exceed those charged to unassisted tenants (or the maximum allowable by law). In some cases, the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program can assist the family with a portion of their security deposit. However, the portion of the security deposit paid by the program must be refunded by the owner to the program at the time the tenant moves out. If the owner uses the security deposit to cover valid end-of-lease expenses (i.e., damages, etc.), the owner must provide the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program with a copy of the written notice that is provided to the tenant in accordance with Maryland’s security deposit laws.
A. BRHP will consider rent increase requests that meet the following criteria:
- BRHP must receive the Rent Increase Request Form from the owner at least 60 days before the change is to be effective. A copy of a sixty-day advance written Notice of Intent to Increase the Rent must be provided to your tenant, and must contain the following information:
- the notice addressed to the tenant/head of household
- the complete property address, including apartment number if applicable
- the effective date of increase
- the proposed rent amount
- the signature of the owner or agent
- the current date
- Any increase requests must follow the terms of the lease.
- All changes in rent are subject to rent reasonableness requirements, BRHP approval, and available funding.
A. If the issue with the tenant is rent related, please be advised that the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program cannot pay the tenant’s share of the rent. However, we can and will provide counseling for you and/or the tenant. Please contact our Counseling Department for assistance. If there are other issues with the tenant, please follow the standard procedures outlined for all other residents. If the issues are criminal in nature, please contact the police.
A. Landlords participating in the Baltimore Housing Mobility Program have all of the same responsibilities they would if the unit was rented to a private market tenant. Key responsibilities of landlords are:
- Screen and select tenants for vacant units
- Enter into and enforce the lease between the landlord and the tenant
- Collect security deposits and rent
- Maintain the housing unit in accordance with Housing Quality Standards (HQS), making repairs as necessary
- Comply with the HAP Contract and all applicable federal, state and local laws and ordinances, including but not limited to Fair Housing laws