Rent Determination

HUD requires that HCVP rents be "reasonable." CMHA monitors the rental market and establishes average gross rents for each sub-market within Cuyahoga County.

  • Each housing unit proposed for contract is rated by an HCVP inspector relative to its location. The HUD defined "Fair Market Rent" (FMR) determines maximum subsidy, but not reasonable rent.
  • Reasonable gross rent less allowances for tenant-paid utilities equals reasonable rent.
  • The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) is the difference between the contract rent and tenant's share of rent (Tenant Rent).
  • The tenant may not pay more than 40% of his/her adjusted income toward the rent in the initial year of the contract.

Utility Allowances (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Fair Market Rents and Payment Standards FY2020

New Fair Market Rents and Payments Standards
Effective January 1, 2020, CMHA has established exception rent payment standards for well-resourced communities and for communities where HUD has identified by zip code the fair market rent as being greater than the fair market rents indicated in CMHA's "Primary Fair Market Rents and Payment Standards FY 2020" table. CMHA has done this to offer greater and more competitive housing opportunities to its voucher holders and landlords.

Select a zip code to view the Fair Market Rents (FMR) and Payment Standards (PS):
Note: If you can not locate the zip code you are looking for in the drop down list, please select "Primary FMR/PS"

Number of bedroomsHUD's Fair Market RentsCMHA's Payment Standard
0$627$689
1$740$814
2$910$1,001
3$1,200$1,320
4$1,258$1,383
5$1,446$1,591
6$1,635$1,798
7$1,824$2,006
8$2,012$2,213

(effective 1/1/2020)

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