While SAHA is not charging fees or penalties to Public Housing residents, other landlords, including those of Section 8 voucher holders, can still charge and collect rent, fees, and penalties under the terms in the lease, but are not allowed to file for eviction based on non-payment rent. Voucher holders with past-due rent are encouraged to reach out to their landlords now to discuss options for repayment agreements.
The CDC Order does not waive an individual of their obligation to pay rent or comply with any other obligation. Renters are still required to pay all past-due rent and are encouraged to reach out to SAHA if their income has been impacted by COVID-19. SAHA may need to recalculate rent payments and also offers repayment plans to Public Housing residents and accepts partial payments for those unable to pay rent in full each month.
Under the CDC Eviction Order, tenants may still be evicted for:
- Engaging in criminal activity on the premises;
- Threatening the health or safety of other residents;
- Damaging or posing an immediate and significant risk of damage to property;
- Violating any applicable building code, health ordinance, or similar regulation relating to health and safety; or
- Violating any other contractual obligation (other than late fees, penalties, or interest).
In addition, SAHA clients may also qualify for emergency rental or utility assistance from the City of San Antonio. To learn more and submit an application online, please visit the City’s COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance website here.
The Rental Assistance Program closed on October 17, 2022. Please check our website for updates.