The Virginia Rent Relief Program
Virginia Housing is now administering relief for renters experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic through the Virginia Rent Relief Program (RRP). You can now apply through Virginia Housing on behalf of tenants to receive funds to pay delinquent rental payments dating as far back as April 1, 2020 and forward. The Landlord component of RRP is open to the confirmed Owners of Virginia rental properties (including apartments, single-family residences and manufactured housing), with bona fide leases to qualifying tenants, and that agree to RRP requirements. You are
not required to have financing through Virginia Housing or DHCD to apply.
In order to receive financial assistance through the Virginia RRP, tenants must meet the following requirements:
Have a valid lease agreement in their name and occupying the unit at time of application.
The household’s total rent payment is at or below 150% Fair Market Rate or SAFMR.
The household’s total gross income is equal to or less than 80% Area Median Income for location.
- Supporting income documentation is not required for households of 3 or less residing in the linked list of
- Supporting income documentation is not required for households of 3 or less receiving SNAP, WIC, LIHEAP, or TANF and can provide award letters from those programs.
- Asset verification is required for households above 50% AMI only.
The household has experienced a negative financial impact (directly or indirectly) due to COVID-19 or are receiving unemployment benefits, for example:
Note: A written narrative is no longer required.
Loss of Income:
- Tenant has been laid off.
- Tenant's place of employment has closed.
- Tenant has experienced a reduction in hours of work.
- Tenant must stay home to care for children due to closure of day care and/or school.
- Tenant must stay home to care for children due to distance learning.
- Tenant has lost child or spousal support.
- Tenant has been unable to find employment due to COVID-19.
- Tenant is unwilling or unable to participate in employment due to risk of illness from COVID-19.
- Tenant is not able to work and/or missed hours due to contracting, being exposed, or having to quarantine due to COVID-19.
Increased COVID Related Expenses:
- Tenant has had an increase in childcare expenses.
- Tenant has had an increase in medical expenses.
- Tenant has had an increase in food costs.
- Tenant has had an increase in utility costs.
The household cannot receive duplicate rental assistance from any other source, including, but not limited to, federal (including Housing Choice Voucher), state and local rental assistance programs, for the same portion of rent for which RRP is requested.
- Households receiving rental subsidy, e.g. Sect 8 or HCV, are now eligible for past due, current, and 3 months of future rent.
- Households receiving rental subsidy are no longer required to submit documentation that their rent has been income adjusted (interim recertification) with their RRP application.
RRP Application Prioritization:
Equitable distribution of rental assistance throughout Virginia is a guiding principle of the Virginia Rent Relief Program (RRP). RRP’s data consistently illustrates that financial assistance is awarded to households who are currently facing eviction and whose income is at or below 50% Area Median Income (AMI). Neither state identification nor tax information is required by tenants, thereby promoting participation among undocumented renters or those working in the informal economy. Since the program’s inception, RRP data consistently illustrates that, of those who identified their race, Black households account for nearly 59% of those served, and White households account for nearly 20% of those served. More than 80% of all households served are at or below 30% of area median income. Out of the households that have received payments since the inception of the program, over 31% included children under 8 years old and 27% included children ages 9-17.
In addition, the Virginia Rent Relief Program continuously references the most recent data sources and equity assessment tools to inform ongoing outreach and prioritization efforts, including, but not limited to: internal reports, the Urban Institute’s Emergency Rental Assistance Priority Index, the Center for Disease Control's Social Vulnerability Index, and the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey data.
- Proof of income (pay stubs, bank statements, letter from employer, social security documents, pension).
- Valid lease or other documentation of landlord-tenant relationship.
- Rent ledger.
- Completed Application and Agreements.
- Landlord Virginia W9.
How to Get Started:
Landlord Flyer and
Tenant Flyer (English)
Landlord Flyer and
Tenant Flyer (Spanish)
Landlord User Guide to create a profile and enter tenant application data
Grant Management System (GMS)
ACH Form for Landlord Registration
Multiple Property Template for Landlord Registration
Application and Agreements
Zero Income Certification
Authorization to Release Information
Cash Income Certification
Property Owner Certification of Voluntary Tenant Vacancy
HUD Definition of Annual Income
DHCD RRP Tenant Program
80% AMI Guide and
150% FMR Guide
HUD Definition of Income Training
HUD Assets and Documentation Training
DHCD Landlord FAQ
Report Fraud at
Chesterfield County and Fairfax County Information:
Chesterfield and Fairfax Counties have elected to administer rent relief programs at the local level as permitted by Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance program. As a result,
effective 11:59pm February 14, 2021, Virginia Housing is no longer accepting applications or amendments for residents that reside in these localities. Landlords should work with the appropriate program for assistance in those localities.
residents who have been impacted by Covid-19 have two ways of applying for rent assistance through current federal funding:
landlords may apply on behalf of their tenants by sending completed applications with required documentation attached to
residents seeking rent assistance:
landlords seeking rental assistance on behalf of their tenant: