The Violence against Women Act, (“VAWA”) is a federal law that that protects individuals who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. This notice explains the property owners’ / property managers’ obligations under VAWA.
A property owner, or manager presented with a claim for continued or initial tenancy or assistance based on status as a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking (herein referred to as “Victim”) has the option to request that the victim document or provide written evidence to demonstrate that the violence occurred. The Victim has the option of either submitting this form or submitting third-party documentation.
These two forms, along with the W-9 and Direct Deposit Enrollment forms below, are necessary to transfer the HAP contract from the previous owner to the new owner. This is required in order to ensure no disruption of payments.
Metro Housing|Boston only makes payments via direct deposit, so this form is required for enrollment before payments will be made. In addition to the enrollment form, verification of account information is required, such as a voided check or deposit slip.
Proof of ownership – Owners must provide documentation of ownership before payments can be released for a property. Documentation may include, but is not limited to, a copy of a deed or the most recent real estate tax bill.
Billing Tenants for Water
On March 16, 2005, a law went into effect in Massachusetts that allows landlords to bill tenants starting new tenancies directly for water if the property meets the law’s requirements for submetering and water conservation. For more information, see When Can a Tenant Be Billed Directly for Water?
Before billing a Metro Housing|Boston tenant for water, the following form must be submitted along with the Request for Tenancy Approval (see above).
This form is required to request contract rent increases for units subsidized with a MRVP voucher or for new units submitted for lease-up with MRVP. Rent increases must be submitted at least 60 days ahead of the lease renewal date, with either the tenant’s signature on the form, or written notice to the tenant attached.