Resident Information

Every Section 8/Leased Housing participant is assigned a Leasing Officer with the Boston Housing Authority (BHA). The Leasing Officer assists participants with recertification, questions about moving and the requirements of the program. To find out who your Leasing Officer is, please contact the Leased Housing Department at (617) 988-4400.

Understanding My Lease

When you rent an apartment, you and your landlord will sign a lease agreement. This lease agreement details your rights and responsibilities, as well as those of your landlord. As a tenant, some of your basic responsibilities are:

  • Paying your rent on time

  • Paying for all utility costs if not provided by your landlord under the lease agreement

  • Keeping the property clean and tidy

  • Notifying the landlord as soon as possible of any damage or repairs needed

  • Making sure that only the individuals that are on the lease are living in the rental unit (does not apply to short term guest stay)

  • Making sure that no illegal activities or other use other than residential purpose is happening in the home

  • Allowing access to the owner into the home or property for any necessary repairs

  • Allowing access into your home or property for the annual inspection

  • Completing your annual recertification

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