Posted by Nate on February 19, 2001 at 08:35:18:
To Mark - and anyone else that may have similar questions - HUD pays based on the “Fair Market Rent” for the area. This is in quotation marks because in practice it is often neither fair nor market!
The way to find out the FMR for a particular area is:
go to www.huduser.org and on the left click ‘data sets’. Then select “Fair Market Rents”. You can download the data in several formats. HUD published these figures for every county in the United States.
Note also, that the stated FMR will be a GROSS number - that is, assuming all utilities are paid by the landlord. If the tenant is responsible for paying any utilities, you will have to reduce the FMR by an amount that is also predetermined by HUD. To get these numbers call your local housing authority or Section 8 office and ask for a copy of the utility allowances.