Owner Resources

Are you a rental owner looking to fill your vacant apartment?

As a property owner in NYC, you are a key contributor in the effort to provide safe and stable housing to New Yorkers. One of the most impactful tools the City of New York has to help property owners fill vacant apartments is the Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) program.

Participating as a rental owner in the Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) Program, you will benefit from guaranteed monthly rent payments, low vacancy rates, and a relationship with a seasoned housing specialist from the Mayor's Public Engagement Unit (PEU) who is familiar with the program details and can streamline the lease-up process. 

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What is EHV?

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded nearly 8,000 Emergency Housing Voucher (EHVs) to New York City. These vouchers provide long-term rental assistance to eligible households and generally operate like tenant-based Section 8—households will typically pay approximately 30% of their household income toward rent, and the City will pay the difference directly to you.

How You Can Help

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) are issuing vouchers now for eligible applicants. With vacancy rates for affordable units at historic lows, voucher holders are experiencing challenges finding homes.

You can support this critical program and get financial incentives for yourself, by listing your available units through the form below. PEU and HPD Navigators are available to help you with your paperwork and expedite the process for you.

Benefits for Leasing with EHV: Payment Standards and Incentives for Owners

There are many benefits to working with voucher holders, including:
  • Consistent and timely subsidy payments 
  • One-month payment in the form of an HRA-issued Security Voucher, or HPD- or NYCHA-issued owner payment in lieu of a security deposit
  • An additional one-month unit hold incentive for EHV rentals processed on or after January 1, 2023
  • Broker's fee covered at 15% of annual rent 
  • Specialized administrative support for the lease-up process
  • Higher rates in certain ZIP codes (see Payment Standards section below)
  • Owner office hours to help answer questions you may have about the leasing process (you can sign up by sending an email to EHVWorkshops@hpd.nyc.gov)

Payment Standards

On August 15, 2022, HPD updated its subsidy standards/voucher size. Section 8 Applicants who are searching for apartments received an Updated Voucher Notice indicating that their voucher size (number of bedrooms) has been increased due to HPD’s policy change, and which lists the revised voucher size based on family size. These letters serve as confirmation that HPD will honor the updated voucher size.

HPD will allot one bedroom per person, with the exception of married or partnered adults, who will be allocated one shared bedroom. If you rent an apartment with fewer bedrooms than what is listed on your voucher, your Payment Standard will match the number of bedrooms in the unit, not the voucher.

Applicants can rent fewer bedrooms than what is listed on their voucher. In that case the Payment Standard will match the number of bedrooms in the unit, not the voucher.

For more information, please visit HPD's Subsidy and Payment Standards webpage.

Property Owner Responsibilities

Similar to Section 8, units leased to EHV holders are subject to an in-person Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection at least every two years, by NYCHA or HPD, as part of the rental and lease-up process. To learn more, see the HQS Guide.

In order to participate, you must return the Housing Assistance Program (HAP) contract you receive by email, to NYCHA or HPD, with the signed lease with your tenant. NYCHA or HPD wil lthen make onoing payments directly to you.

Additional Resources

Contact Us

Need assistance with filling an apartment vacancy or have more questions? 

Complete the form below or call 212-918-8176 (Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM) and a Home Support Unit Specialist will contact you.