Request for Tenancy Approval
Your participation in and satisfaction with Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority's (PHA's) Housing Choice Voucher Program is important! The purpose of this RFTA Instruction Guide is to help you navigate the leasing process and successfully submit all the required documentation with the Request for Tenancy Approval ("RFTA"). The Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority (PHA), landlord (referred to as the "owner" in this document), and applicant/client (referred to as the "tenant" in this document), each have different roles and responsibilities in the leasing process. This guide contains information on tenant and owner responsibilities as well as forms that need to be completed before a unit can be approved. You should review the entire guide, not only the sections which apply to you.
Note that an incomplete Request for Tenancy Approval ("RFTA") will not be accepted and attempting to submit an incomplete RFTA will delay the leasing process. Please read this guide carefully and if you have any questions regarding the leasing process, please contact Housing Choice Voucher Case Worker.
You can also contact them by phone at (850)243-3224 Sheila at ext. 218 or Heather at ext. 206
Once the completed RFTA has been accepted the FWBHA's Housing Choice Voucher Program will:
- Schedule and complete an inspection of the unit.
- Complete a rent reasonableness determination.
- Need a lease signed by tenant and owner
- Housing Assistance Payment mailed to the landlord
- Once the contract is received the HAP payment will be released. (first payment will be a Check after that it will be direct deposit if the HA has received the Contract back and signed.
Please note that if the unit does not pass the Housing Quality Standards inspection, and/or if the owner's requested rent is not reasonable, the unit will not be approved. If the unit is not approved, the FWBHA will notify the tenant to start a search for a new unit.
The completed Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA) must be delivered in person to the Fort Walton Beach Housing Authority's Housing Choice Voucher Office (by the tenant) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and between 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. on Friday. Please note that the FWBHA cannot move forward until the RFTA is completed in its entirety.