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If you are a landlord of a Section 8 apartment, and you need to evict your Section 8 tenant, the procedures are much more intricate than evicting a regular tenant.

The Section 8 program allows private landlords to rent apartments and homes at fair market rates to qualified low income tenants, with a rental subsidy administered by Home Forward. “Section 8” is a common name for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Section 8 tenants are subject to the same eviction laws as non-Section 8 tenants, with certain exceptions. For example, in a Section 8 eviction, the local Section 8 agency providing benefits must receive a copy of all the papers served, and must be furnished with a description of the grounds for the eviction. The petition in a Section 8 eviction proceeding must contain certain special language as well. The timeframe for evicting a Section 8 tenant in the courts of Nassau County and Suffolk County are the same as regular eviction proceedings, however the additional language required and the additional steps that must be taken make Section 8 evictions more complicated for someone who is inexperienced with Section 8 evictions.

James D. Murtha, Esq.

Author James D. Murtha, Esq.

I am a Managing Member at the Murtha Law Firm, LLC, and I am an eviction lawyer in Suffolk County and Nassau County, Long Island, New York. You can call me, right now at (631) 747-0356, and I'll be happy to speak with you for free about the New York eviction process.

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