The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)/Section 8 program is a three prong partnership between the Tulsa Housing Authority (THA), the tenant and the landlord.
Tulsa Health Department launched in April 2019 a voluntary program that will provide Tulsa County property owners free courtesy inspections of homes and apartment units to ensure a healthy and safe home for their tenants.
The Working in Neighborhoods (WIN) department was created in October 2006 to focus on: Housing, Neighborhood Services, Neighborhood Investigations (Code Enforcement) and Animal Welfare.
Housing Choice Voucher Program
The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV)/Section 8 program is a three prong partnership between the Tulsa Housing Authority (THA), the tenant and the landlord. Under this program the landlord has the duties to:
- Screen tenants
- Comply with Fair Housing Laws
- Maintain the housing unit
- Comply with the terms of the Housing Assistance Payments Contract
- Collect rent due by the tenant · Enforce the lease
Safe and Healthy Homes
Tulsa Health Department launched in April 2019 a voluntary program that will provide Tulsa County property owners free courtesy inspections of homes and apartment units to ensure a healthy and safe home for their tenants. Qualifying properties will be enrolled as a THD Safe & Healthy Home. Our hope is that property owners and renters will experience the benefits that a healthy and safe living space can provide.
If you are a property owner and would like to learn more about becoming a THD Safe & Healthy Homes Participant or if you are renting a property in Tulsa County, contact the THD office at 918-595-4200 or visit their website here.
For more information on the Safe and Healthy Homes program from the perspective of a landlord please visit here.
Working in Neighborhoods
The Working in Neighborhoods (WIN) department was created in October 2006 to focus on: Housing, Neighborhood Services, Neighborhood Investigations (Code Enforcement) and Animal Welfare. Their Mission Statement is: to promote community education, develop and sustain private-public partnerships that enhance public safety, neighborhood revitalization and the quality of life of all residents within Tulsa.
The Housing section of WIN oversees the City of Tulsa’s Housing Assistance Programs and Property Maintenance enforcement.
The Housing Assistance Programs are federally funded programs that assist citizens of Tulsa that own and occupy their home and meet specified income guidelines. Those citizens who are eligible can receive assistance for emergency repairs and rehabilitation loans.
The Housing division also enforces the City of Tulsa’s Title 55 ordinance. This is considered the Property Maintenance ordinance that holds owners of all existing structures responsible for the minimum property maintenance standards for Title 55.
Top Property Maintenance issues:
Roof – All roofs shall be structurally sound, tight, and have no defects which might admit rain.
- Broken Windows – All windows must be maintained in an operable manner and watertight condition.
- Exterior Walls – Every exterior wall shall be free of holes, breaks, loose or rotting boards or timbers, and any other conditions which might admit rain or dampness to the interior portions of the walls or to the occupied spaces of the building. All exterior surface materials, including wood, composition, or metal siding, shall be maintained weatherproof and shall be properly coated when required to prevent deterioration.
- Accessory Structures – All accessory structures, including detached garages, fences, and walls, shall be maintained structurally sound and in compliance with Title 55.
- Stairs and porches – Every stair, porch, fire escape, balcony, and all accessories attached shall be so constructed as to be safe to use and capable of supporting the anticipated loads and shall be maintained in sound condition and good repair.
Violations can be reported online or by calling the Customer Care Center at 311. Be prepared to give a physical address and your name.
Gold Star Landlord Program
What are the requirements?
Licensed landlords and property managers must participate in these free programs:
- Participate in the Tulsa Health Department’s Safe and Healthy Homes Program, including free inspections of vacant rental properties
- Prioritized application processing to the City’s emergency rental and utility assistance program
- List all available rental units on the City of Tulsa and Housing Solutions’ Affordable Housing Waitlist
- Participate in the Early Settlement Mediation Program before evicting tenants, except in cases of criminal activity
- Participate in the City’s Abode Initiative, which supports landlords to increase affordable housing opportunities in Tulsa
What are the incentives?
Licensed landlords and property managers will receive
- Advertising and promotion as one of the City of Tulsa’s best landlords and property managers
- Assistance from City of Tulsa staff with accessing resources and services that landlords need, including arranging direct referrals where possible.
- Landlord incentives funded by the Affordable Housing Trust Fund
- Referrals of tenants who have completed the Housing Solutions’ Housing Stability Certificate program, which teaches tenants skills to maintain housing stability
How do I participate?
To participate in the Gold Star Landlord Program, complete the online application below.
Approved landlords will be required to sign an agreement and self-certify they have complied with the program requirements within 30 days.