Rights of Tenants: Subsidized Housing
If your rent goes by your income, your housing is “subsidized.” This is true even if your house or apartment is owned by person or company, and not the government.
If you need to find out where to apply for subsidized housing in your area, contact:
Maine State Housing Authority
89 State House Station
353 Water Street
Augusta, Maine 04330
toll free phone: 1-800-452-4668
If you have a Section 8 voucher or a BRAP or Shelter-Plus voucher, you should have signed a lease with the landlord when you moved in. If you can’t find it the housing authority that gave you the voucher should have a copy.
If you live in "subsidized housing," you should have a standard lease. This lease gives you more protections than most non-subsidized tenants have. For example, your lease may have a "grievance procedure" which gives you the right to an informal, out-of-court hearing on a complaint you have against your landlord. Your lease probably gives you more protections against eviction than the ones described in other parts of this "Rights of Tenants" Guide. It may say that your landlord cannot evict you unless they have "good cause" or unless they can prove you broke the lease.
If you are in one of 3 major HUD subsidy programs (public housing, Section 8, or voucher choice), you cannot be evicted because you were the victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking. You may have other rights under federal law that are not explained in your lease.
If you live in public housing, read more about your rights in Public Housing: Some Frequently Asked Questions.
Different subsidized housing programs have different rules and different form leases. Read your lease! If you are not sure of your rights under your lease or if you are being evicted from subsidized housing, contact your local Pine Tree Legal office.
Revised August 2010