Why Eviction Isn’t So Easy When It Comes To Enhanced Voucher Holders

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Provision does, in fact, place obligations on property owners, appeals court ruled

If you want to evict a tenant who is receiving enhanced voucher rental assistance, you’d better have good cause. Find out how one property owner learned this lesson the hard way.

When Property Changes Ownership

Background: In 1982, Florence Hayes and her son moved into a duplex unit that was part of Washington Square East, a project-based Section 8 development in Philadelphia. Hayes lived in the unit until she passed away in 2015. Hayes’ granddaughter, Aqeela Fogle, moved into the unit in the 1980s and continues to reside there with her three minor children.

In 2008, the then-owners of Washington Square East, Pine Street Associates (PSA), notified their tenants that they decided not to renew their project-based Section 8 contract with the Philadelphia Housing Authority. The letter stated:

“Federal law allows you to elect to continue living at this property provided that the unit, the rent and we, the owner, meet the requirements of the Section 8 tenant-based assistance program. As an owner, we will honor your right as a...


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