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Renting with a voucher

Renting with a voucher


Prior to issuing a Housing Choice Voucher, Seattle Housing Authority provides an orientation to households detailing the program. 

Information for people with disabilities and reasonable accommodation requests

Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) provides reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in SHA’s programs, activities and services.

Find rental listings

Get tips on how toI find a great home where you can use your voucher?

Leasing a unit

After you are given a voucher and learn about how to use it, you can begin the leasing process.

Neighborhood Guide

The Seattle Neighborhood Guide provides information and guidance to families that are interested in moving to a neighborhood that may offer a broader selection of schools and more opportunities for employment. Within the Neighborhood Guide, you will find information about schools, parks, libraries, transportation and community services. 

Voucher payment standards

Seattle Housing Authority's voucher payment standards set the maximum amount the agency pays for tenants' rent and utilities.

Utility estimates

Seattle Housing Authority establishes utility estimates for the cost of utilities not included in the rent. They are based on the typical cost of utilities and services paid by energy-conservative households that occupy housing of the same size and utility responsibility in the same locality.

Reviews and inspections

For most households, Seattle Housing Authority checks once a year to make sure that participating households are still eligible for the program and recalculates the amount of voucher assistance they receive.

Reporting changes in income and household size

Learn about changes in income (increases and decreases) or changes in household members that must be reported to Seattle Housing Authority.

Rights and responsibilities

Housing Choice Voucher program tenants and landlords each have rights, and are subject to requirements, while participating in the program. 


After an initial 12-month lease ends, tenants can use their voucher with any Housing Choice Vouchers program in the country. The steps you must take to move with your voucher depend on the are where you plan to live. 


If Seattle Housing Authority decides to terminate the contract with a tenant or landlord, both will be notified. In most cases, tenant may request an informal hearing to dispute a termination decision.

Multi-Family Tax Exemption Housing

The City of Seattle’s Office of Housing operates the Multi-Family Tax Exemption Program (MFTE), which provides a tax exemption to developers and owners of new multi-family buildings who set aside 20-25% of their units as income-and rent-restricted.