Housing

Eviction from subsidized housing

Your landlord must prove "good cause" to evict you from subsidized housing. Learn what good cause is, how the eviction process works and what you can do to avoid it. 

A note on COVID-19: If you are experiencing a reduction in income due to COVID-19 you should request an "interim recertification" to reduce your rent.

The U.S. Supreme Court ended the CDC Eviction Moratorium on Thursday, August 26th.

If you cannot pay your rent or are behind on rent, contact your local community action agency as soon as possible to apply for rental assistance. Assistance is available in all 88 counties, for up to 12 months of missed rent and 3 months of future rent.

This page was last updated on 9.23.21.

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Understanding the Basics

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The eviction process for subsidized housing starts out differently than eviction from other housing. The stakes are different, too. Get evicted from subsidized housing and you might have a hard time getting subsidized housing ever again. It's important to get a lawyer. If you have received an eviction notice or court papers you should contact your local legal aid immediately.   

Coronavirus (COVID-19) changes

The U.S. Supreme Court ended the CDC Eviction Moratorium on Thursday, August 26th.

Rental assistance is available in all 88 counties through your local community action agency.

You can get up to 12 months of past due rent and up to 3 months of future rent. There is no cap to the amount of assistance you can receive.

 If you cannot pay your rent or are behind on rent, contact your local community action agency as soon as possible to apply for rental assistance. 

If you have received an eviction notice or court papers you should contact your local legal aid immediately. 

Here’s how the eviction process from subsidized housing works. 

Your landlord determines "good cause"

In subsidized housing your landlord has to have a good reason or good cause to evict you. For instance, not paying your rent on time and in full could be good cause to evict you. But if the reason you couldn't pay rent wasn't your fault and you tried to pay rent as soon as you could, the landlord may not have good cause. In subsidized housing, the circumstances matter.  

Here are some other examples of good cause:

  • A material serious violation of your lease
  • Criminal activity by you or someone in your home
  • Illegal drug use or alcohol abuse by you or someone in your home
  • A lot of repeated minor violations of the lease or rules

Your landlord sends you a notice 

If your landlord determines good cause, what happens next depends on what kind of subsidized housing you’re in. 

  • For a section 8 housing choice voucher, you will get a 3-day notice. 
  • In public housing, it depends on the reason.  If the reason is non-payment of rent, you will get a 14-day notice.  For most other reasons, you will get a 30-day notice.  In any case, the notice will state that you have a right to a grievance hearing.
  • In private multifamily subsidized housing, it depends on the reason.  If the reason is "other good cause" you will get at 30-day notice.  However, if the reason is for non-payment of rent or a serious violation of your lease, you get a shorter notice. In any case, the notice will state that you have a right to have a meeting with the landlord or management to discuss the eviction.

No matter what kind of subsidized housing you’re in, at this point you should contact legal aid for help.  Go to our Find Your Legal Aid tool to find your local legal aid.  

Request a grievance hearing or meeting with management

This applies if you live in public housing or private multifamily subsidized housing. If you have a section 8 housing choice voucher, skip to the next section.

After you receive your notice, you have the right to ask for a grievance hearing or a meeting with management. Do so right away, in writing.

A grievance hearing will be more formal, while a meeting with management won't be. Either way, contact legal aid for help. 

Your landlord files a formal eviction 

If you lose or don't ask for a grievance hearing or meeting, your landlord can file a formal eviction in court. 

Find out what happens after an eviction case is filed against you in court. 

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