Once a HAP contract is executed, the PHA will begin processing payment to the owner. Keep in mind that before an initial HAP contract can be executed:
Owners can sometimes experience a delay receiving their first Housing Assistance Payment from the agency. Depending on the effective date of the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) Contract, payment many be delayed due to a monthly sequence. When this occurs, the owner will receive a lump-sum payment, retro-active to the effective contract date.
If the HAP Contract does not start on the 1st of the month, that month’s payment will be prorated by the number of days in that month that the unit is under contract.
During the term of the HAP Contract, the Municipality of Trujillo Alto Housing Authority will make monthly Housing Assistance Payments to the owner, on behalf of the household, at the beginning of each month. Housing Assistance Payments will only be paid to the owner while the household is residing in the assisted unit during the term of the HAP Contract. The PHA will not pay a HAP to the owner for any moth after the month when the family moves out. Unless the owner has complied with all provisions of the HAP Contract, the owner does not have the right to receive housing assistance payments under the HAP Contract.
No payments will be made to the owner, neither at the initial entering of the contract, nor at the renewal of the contract if:
The agency is NOT obligated to pay any late payment penalty, such as a late fee, if the delay is due to circumstances beyond the PHA’s control or due to any breach of the HAP Contract, including of any of the following:
Typically, PHAs processes payments two times per month:
The Housing Authority has a mandatory direct deposit policy. Statements of the direct deposit will be provided via email. Please be sure to keep this information up-to-date with the agency at all times.
In the event the owner receives payments in excess of the amount specified in the HAP contract, the owner must immediately return these excess payments to the Housing Authority.