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The following section will help you to navigate the available landlord program resources. If you need further information or explanation for any of the topics listed below please contact us. 

Landlord Program Resources

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. 

CDC Moratorium 

At present there is a CDC Moratorium in effect prohibiting landlords from evicting tenants (who meet certain eligibility requirements) for non-payment of rent. You can still evict for other breaches of lease. This CDC Moratorium may impact the notice requirements for evictions. 

How much notice a landlord needs to give the tenant for non-payment of rent depends on whether the rental property is covered by the CARES Act.  

If a property is covered by the CARES Act, the landlord must give 30 days notice before filing an eviction for non-payment of rent. 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act requires a landlord to give a tenant 30 days notice before filing an eviction for non-payment of rent on or after July 26, 2020. The CARES Act does not have an end date for this requirement.  

The CARES Act applies to properties with a federally-backed mortgage, including: 

The CARES Act also applies to properties that participate in a federally-subsidized rental assistance program, including: 

  •  Public Housing 
  •  Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program 
  •  Section 8 Project-Based Housing 
  •  Section 202 Housing for the Elderly 
  •  Section 811 Housing for People with Disabilities 
  •  Section 236 Multifamily Rental Housing 
  •  Section 221(d)(3) Below Market Interest Rate (BMIR) housing 
  •  HOME 
  •  Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) 
  •  McKinney-Vento Act homelessness programs 
  •  Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC)  

If you are not sure if your rental property is covered by the CARES Act, you can check using the Fannie Mae search tool or the Freddie Mac search tool. You can also check the CARES Act database 

If a property is NOT covered by the CARES Act, the landlord must give 5 days notice before filing an eviction for non-payment of rent.  

If the tenant pays the rent within the 5 days of the notice, the landlord must accept the rent and the lease will not terminate.  

A landlord is not limited to 5 days and can give the tenant additional time to pay before terminating the lease if they choose.  But the notice cannot be less than 5 days. 

For a webinar on landlord rights and duties during covid please visit the Housing Solutions Tulsa Resource Page.