Virginia Rent and Mortgage Relief Program expands to help landlords
Landlords can now apply to receive financial assistance for current and past-due rental payments on behalf of their tenants. This new application is available in addition to the existing tenant-based application.
Current state and federal eviction protections through the courts do not prevent rent and mortgage payments from accumulating. A news release from the Northam administration says the state is focused on helping eligible households and property owners access resources to maintain housing stability during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the future.
The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) administers the RMRP program through approximately 30 local and regional housing-related agencies throughout the state. Virginia Housing, the state’s housing finance agency, has partnered with DHCD to manage landlord-initiated applications.
Eligible households must demonstrate difficulty in making rent or mortgage payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Monthly rent must be at or below 150% of Fair Market Rent (FMR) and eligible households must have a gross household income at or below 80% of area median income (AMI).
To submit a landlord-initiated application, visit virginiahousing.com/RMRP. Tenants interested in applying should visit dhcd.virginia.gov/eligibility to conduct a self assessment for eligibility or call 211 VIRGINIA by dialing 2-1-1 from your phone.
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