City Assisted Renters FAQ
Below are some frequently asked questions about renting a City-assisted unit. If you do not see your question below, or if you would like additional information, please contact the Housing Division at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617/349-4622.
Tenants are recertified annually. Tenants without housing vouchers are certified through the Community Development Department. Tenants receive a recertification packet approximately two and a half months prior to the expiration date of their lease. The packet is returned to the building’s property manager. Tenants with vouchers will recertify their income annually through their subsidizing agency.
If your household size is no longer appropriate for the size of your unit, please contact Donna Claudio at email@example.com. You can request a transfer to an appropriate sized unit within the building. We will try to accommodate you when a unit becomes vacant. Tenants may also submit a new application to the Rental Applicant Pool if they wish to move to another building.
Income is recertified once a year. If you are found to be over income, generally you will be allowed to remain in your unit for up to one year paying 30% of your income for rent. After one year you will need to move from the unit or pay the market rate rent.
No, you cannot be required to pay more than 30% of your income for the unit. However, although not required, we do encourage you to buy renter’s insurance
The lease you have signed is directly with the property manager. The lease break terms will be contained in your lease. You will need to talk directly with the management company if you wish to leave your unit before your lease expires