The Worcester Housing Authority is pleased to provide landlords with a model lease in conjunction with the Section 8 Program. The model lease we provide includes all the provisions that HUD requires as well as an optional Part C, which contains additional provisions. We recommend you use this optional part in your lease, as it contains very pertinent information.
1. The HUD Tenancy Addendum must be attached to all leases.
2. You must fill out the lease completely in order for it to be valid, so pay close attention to the blank areas that require information.
3. Because this is only a model lease, you must customize this lease in order to accommodate your needs. There are areas on the model lease and Part C of the lease that require you to pick an option.
Sentences beginning with the word " Instruction " have been inserted to provide guidance or clarification. Delete these after your lease is customized.
Options are indicated by bold-faced type and are preceded by an asterisk. *If an entire sentence is in bold type, like this one, you may select it as a policy option by deleting the asterisk. If there are multiple bolded options, select the one you want and remove the asterisk, then delete the option(s) you do not want. Remove the bolding if you wish, or keep it for emphasis.
The sections that need customizing are:
Part A Model Lease:
#4. requires you to select either a month to month lease or indefinite lease after the initial term of the lease, which is always a minimum one year.
#8. requires you to select that the tenant may or may not keep pets.
#11. requires you to select 30 calendar day or 60 calendar day written notice to owner for the tenant to terminate the lease after the initial term of lease.
Part C Additional Provisions:
#2. Instructs the owner to select an option regarding the repair of tenant caused damages.
#2b. offers a provision on the use of the unit for other legal activity. This whole sentence may be deleted.
Lead Paint Information
Does Your Property Require Lead Based Paint Testing?
- If your property was built after 1978, no testing is required.
- If you have NO children that are under 6 years of age living in the unit, no testing is required.
If your property was built before 1978 and you have children that are under 6 years of age living in the unit, the following rules apply.
You may not have more than a total of 2 square feet of disturbed paint surface on any interior surface in a room. (Ceilings + walls + floors = 2 square feet FAIL in any interior room.)
If windowsills, railings, moldings, trim, door casings, etc. have disturbed paint surfaces on more than 10% of the surface area. (Windowsill 20 inches long X 4 inches wide = 4 square inches FAIL.)
You may not have more than a total of 20 square feet of disturbed paint surface on any exterior surfaces (Foundations, walls, window frames, soffits, fascia, etc.)
" PLEASE " be sure before your Annual or Initial Inspection to review these guidelines and eliminate any "disturbed paint surfaces" that would cause your unit to fail the inspection process.
Before renting pre-1978 housing, lessors must disclose the presence of known lead-paint and/or lead-based paint hazards in the dwelling. Lessees must also receive a federally approved pamphlet on lead poisoning prevention. The Massachusetts Tenant Lead Law Notification and Certificate Form are approved for federal compliance. Massachusetts Tenant Lead Law Notification and Certificate Form