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What are Fair Market Rents? HUD Fair Market Rents and Payment Standards


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The PHA determines a payment standard that is between 90 percent and 110 percent of the Fair Market Rents (FMRs). FMRs regularly published by HUD, represent the cost to rent a moderately-priced dwelling unit in the local housing market. The housing voucher tenant must pay 30 percent of its monthly adjusted gross income for rent and utilities, and if the unit rent is greater than the payment standard, the tenant is required to pay the additional amount.
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Small Area Fair Market Rents
Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs) are FMRs calculated for ZIP Codes within metropolitan areas. In areas designated by HUD, PHAs are required to use SAMRs to set Housing Choice Voucher payment standards. Other Housing Agencies operating in non-designated metropolitan areas may opt-in to the use of SAFMRs. Furthermore, SAFMRs may be used as the basis for setting Exception Payment Standards – PHAs may set exception payment standards up to 110 percent of the SAFMR. PHAs administering Public Housing units may use SAFMRs as an alternative to metropolitan area-wide FMRs when calculating Flat Rents.
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Fair Market Rents (FMRs) are used to determine payment standard amounts for the Housing Choice Voucher program, to determine initial renewal rents for some expiring project-based Section 8 contracts, to determine initial rents for housing assistance payment (HAP) contracts in the Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy program (Mod Rehab), rent ceilings for rental units in both the HOME Investment Partnerships program and the Emergency Solution Grants program, calculation of maximum award amounts for Continuum of Care recipients and the maximum amount of rent a recipient may pay for property leased with Continuum of Care funds, and calculation of flat rents in Public Housing units.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) annually estimates FMRs for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) defined metropolitan areas, some HUD defined subdivisions of OMB metropolitan areas and each nonmetropolitan county. 42 USC 1437f requires FMRs be posted at least 30 days before they are effective and that they are effective at the start of the federal fiscal year (generally October 1). Fair Market Rents, as defined in 24 CFR 888.113 are estimates of 40th percentile gross rents for standard quality units within a metropolitan area or nonmetropolitan county.

What is HUD Fair Market Rent?
Fair Market Rent is generally calculated as the 40th percentile of gross rents for regular, standard quality units in a local housing market. … FMR rent data is typically taken from recent move-ins rather than long-term tenants, as long-term tenants generally receive a lower monthly rental rate.

How do you determine fair market rent?
-How do you calculate fair market rent?
-checking with property managers who handle similar properties.
-talking to members of your local landlord’s association.
-asking real estate agents.

Do HUD Fair Market Rents include utilities?
Yes. The FMR includes rent and utilities. If the tenant pays the utilities, then the calculation of the Tenant’s Rent must include a utility allowance. looking at rental advertisements on classified advertisement sites. Check your local newspaper (either print or online).

What Is Fair Market Rent Used For?
Fair Market Rents are used to determine rental voucher amounts for government assistance housing programs such as Section 8 (Housing Choice Voucher Program).

Also Known As: FMR, Market Rent

In the city of Newark, New Jersey, the fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,643 in 2021. The fair market rent for a one-bedroom is $1,358 in 2021.1

What Is Section 8?
Section 8 is a program that provides financial assistance to certain individuals to help them afford to rent a home. The program gives housing vouchers to these individuals. To qualify to receive a voucher, you cannot make more than a certain amount of money each year, based on the number of people in the household.

How Much Will Section 8 Pay?
Section 8 will determine the voucher amount by first figuring out the number of people in the household. It will then determine the size of the apartment the household qualifies for. For example, a three-person household may qualify for a two-bedroom voucher.


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