As a federal housing renter, you have rights and responsibilities that help make your HUD-assisted housing a better home for you and your family. Everyone wants a beautiful place to live in. And many people play an important role in making your home a better place to live.
HUD field offices are dedicated to keeping the best possible living environment for all residents. They encourage:
You have the right to live in decent, safe, and sanitary housing. Included in this right are:
The rental property manager should also give you a written notice, within a reasonable time, of any non-emergency inspection or other entry into your apartment.
As a resident, you also have the following legal rights:
Property owners and managers must recognize your right to having a voice in residential community affairs.
The Fair Housing Laws give you the right to equal and fair treatment regarding the use of your building's services and facilities. This means you can use the real estate's facilities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, disability, familial status (children under 18), national origin (ethnicity or language), or age.
If you believe that you have been discriminated against, or would like information on what constitutes housing discrimination, call 1-800-669-9777, or call your local HUD Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity.
As a new tenant of a HUD-assisted project, you also have certain duties. You have to ensure that your building remains a suitable home for you and your neighbors. By signing your lease agreement, you and the owner/management company have entered into a legal, enforceable contract.
You and the owner/management company are responsible for complying with your written lease, federal laws, house rules, and local laws governing your property. Contact your management agent or your local HUD field office if you have any questions about your lease terms or do not have a copy of it.
You have the duty to follow the rules on your lease. This means;
Additionally, you have the duty to live in a way that won't disturb your neighbors. These duties include:
Residents in HUD-assisted multifamily housing play an important role in decisions that affect their project. Different HUD programs provide for specific resident rights. You have the right to know under what HUD program your building is assisted. Contact your management agent to learn more about your specific building.
If you need help or more information, you may want to contact one of the following:
If you would like legal assistance, you can contact an experienced tenant lawyer in your area to schedule a consultation. You can also visit FindLaw’s Tenant Rights section for more general information on this topic, or find state-specific HUD information.