How Long Do I Have To Use My Section 8 Voucher?

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How Long Do I Have To Use My Section 8 Voucher?


In this article, you will learn how long you have to use your Section 8 voucher. Once you are awarded Section 8 housing, you have a specific timeframe to find a Section 8 landlord.

In this article, you will learn about that timeframe and where you can look to find Section 8 housing.

Section 8 Voucher Deadline: How Long Do I Have To Use My Housing Voucher?

You will need to use your voucher within 60 days of receiving it. This means you will need to find a Section 8 property that is approved by HUD in less than 60 days.

While you do not need to move into your Section 8 apartment or house, you will need to at least have a Request for Tenancy Approval. This is the process of submitting a request to your housing authority to inspect and approve the Section 8 property you are interested in.

How To Find A Section 8 Landlord To Accept Your Voucher

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If you need to find a landlord to accept your voucher in 60 days, places that you can look for Section 8 properties include:

For more information about using each option above to find a Section 8 landlord see this resource guide we created.

What If I Cannot Find A Section 8 Property In 60 Days? 

You will need to speak to the housing authority. In some cases, they can offer extensions to give you more time to search for a Section 8 apartment. There is no guarantee that you will get an extension, but housing authorities will consider your request for an extension on a case-by-case basis. 

Conclusion

Once you are approved for Section 8, you will have 60 days to find a landlord that accepts housing. While you do not need to be moved into the Section 8 property, you will need to at least have submitted a Request for Tenancy Approval. This is the process of having HUD inspect and approve the Section 8 apartment you are wanting to move into.

If you do not believe that you can find a property in 60 days, speak to your housing case manager or someone else in the housing authority that you applied for benefits.

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