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EDEN is a private, nonprofit housing development agency designed to increase the number of decent and affordable housing units available in northeast Ohio. We oversee housing assistance programs that administer rental assistance funds directly to property owners. These subsidies expand housing opportunities for people in need, and help property owners fill vacancies.
Throughout the years, EDEN has established an excellent record of paying rents on-time, and responding to property owners' calls and questions. We welcome the opportunity to invite new property owners to participate in our rental subsidy programs. Rents are based on property location, property condition and amenities.
For most programs, your asking rent can be approved as long as it is in line with the market and “reasonable.” Many factors go into determining the reasonable amount of rent: number of bedrooms, utilities included, location, etc. If the rent amount being asked—including information about utilities and amenities—is too high for a particular program, we do try to negotiate other options or may be able to refer other households to you. For some programs, EDEN can only approve rent amounts based on an annual Fair Market Rates publication from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In all cases, the participant's income is also considered, which is why a unit may be affordable for some, but not others. Your Community Housing Agent can provide more information.
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During these virtual informational sessions, we will explain the benefits of working with EDEN to increase your income and decrease your vacancy rates. We will provide program details, information regarding the moving process from start to finish, advertising available units with EDEN, and more. Please join us if you want to learn more about EDEN and the process of renting to our clients.
Property owners, property management staff, and realty companies are all welcome to attend!
Forums are scheduled based on registrations. Call 216-503-6369, or email EdenLandlordInfo@EDENcle.org, to register.
Start Sending Us Your Property Listings
Complete the Property Listing Form. Completing this form allows EDEN program staff to provide information about your unit(s) to our clients. We encourage you to review the HQS standards to make sure your property will pass the inspection upon the first try. This will not only ensure that your property is ready to rent, but that the time from agreement to move-in is shortened.
When You Are Ready to Rent to a Tenant, Complete the RFLA
When you and our client are ready to move forward with the renting process of your unit, our client will give you a Request for Lease Approval (RFLA). Click here to see what an RFLA contains. The RFLA for Rapid Re-Housing is slightly different; click here to view that version.
Please complete your sections and forward the completed document to the client's Housing Specialist or designated Housing Locator. The housing provider section must be signed, dated, initialed where appropriate, and submitted with all requested documentation.
- Completed direct deposit form (if not already on file at EDEN).
- Completed W-9 form (if not already on file at EDEN).
- Certificate of Occupancy or rental registration (optional for Rapid Re-Housing).
Residential rental property owners (or their agents) are required to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy every year from the city where the property is located. The completed Certificate of Occupancy application must list all occupants, provide contact information for the owner and tenants, and be accompanied by an application fee which varies by property type. See your city’s website for more details.
- Documentation from the county auditor’s website that the taxes are current (optional for Rapid Re-Housing if the property is not in foreclosure).
- In Cuyahoga County, go to https://myplace.cuyahogacounty.us/.
- Click on the blue [Address] button and enter the address. Enter or click the search button.
- A photo of parcels will appear with your parcel marked with an orange dot.
- Click on the orange dot and then click on the blue [Property Data] button.
- On the right-side column, click on [Tax Summary by Year].
- Click on the blue [Download this Report] button and save it to your computer. Include this with your completed RFLA form.
Note: EDEN prints out the RFLA form with the tenant information already entered and gives it to the client, who will then give it to you. RFLA forms without the pre-printed information from our database or with the “DO NOT DUPLICATE” watermark will not be accepted.
Once the RFLA is turned into EDEN, you can expect the process to take approximately 3 weeks for the permanent voucher program and approximately 1 week for temporary voucher programs. This assumes, of course, that all documentation is submitted completely and legibly and the unit passes inspection.
What EDEN programs can property owners participate in?
Within our agency, EDEN offers various voucher programs. Most programs function similarly. The main difference between programs is the length of the voucher. We offer both time-limited rental assistance and long-term vouchers. Time-limited programs are designed to help tenants "get on their feet" so that they can comfortably transition to paying their own way. All EDEN participants have access to supportive services (such as financial counseling) so that they are successful. Please consider accepting both time-limited and long-term vouchers when deciding which programs you will accept.
How does EDEN determine how much rent should be paid for my unit?
EDEN recognizes the need for property owner partners to remain competitive in the rental market. EDEN also has limitations on the amount of rent that can be approved due to HUD regulations and funding availability. In addition, as an affordable housing agency, EDEN must be conscious of its role in helping to maintain reasonable and affordable rents in our community to ensure costs do not skyrocket and families with lower incomes are still able to afford safe and decent housing.
The Rent Determination Policy determines initial rents as well as rent increase requests for EDEN’s long-term rental assistance programs. We encourage you to review it and, if you have any questions, contact the Property Owner Information Line, 216-503-6369, or email EdenLandlordInfo@EDENcle.org.
This policy does not apply to EDEN’s Rapid Re-Housing Program.
What are the inspection requirements when an inspector comes out for the first inspection?
Download the Minimum inspection Standards. This list will give you many of the items our inspectors will be looking for when they inspect your unit.
How quickly is the HQS Inspection completed?
Pending all information is complete on the Request for Lease Approval (RFLA) and the unit is ready for the inspection, the initial inspection can be scheduled/completed within 3-10 business days of EDEN receiving the RFLA.
Does EDEN cover additional fees for parking, key deposits, or pet deposits?
No, the tenant would be responsible for paying these fees.
Will you give out my phone number and address to my tenant?
The property owner's phone number will be listed on approval notices that are sent to both client and property owner or designated agent. The property owner's address, however, is not shared with clients.
Who does the tenant pay their portion of the rent?
They pay the property owner or designated agent directly.
How soon will I receive payment for my first month's rent and security deposit?
Payment will be sent within 3-4 business days of our office receiving the passed inspection report.
When should I expect to receive the monthly subsidy payment from EDEN?
Between the 1st and 4th of each month.
Who do I contact if I do not receive a check from EDEN when it is expected?
The initial payment will not be made until the signed Lease Agreement has been received. If you have not received your first rental assistance payment within 30 days of execution of the HAP contract, email EDENinfo@EDENcle.org with the tenant's name and unit address. If you are an existing property owner and your regular check has not been received by the 10th of the month, email EdenLandlordInfo@EDENcle.org with your tenant's name and the unit address. We will respond within 48 hours.
What if my tenant is unable to pay their portion of the rent due to a decrease or loss of income?
For long-term programs, rent calculations can be re-done by EDEN with proof of loss of income. The tenant needs to notify EDEN of this change and supply proper documentation.
What do I do if there are damages to my property when the tenant moves out?
You will deduct the damages from the security deposit. You must forward to the tenant the documentation and invoices to verify the amount withheld from the security deposit.
If damages exceed the security deposit, please contact the Property Owner Information Line, 216-503-6369, or email EdenLandlordInfo@EDENcle.org. They will determine if there are any additional resources or programs available.
Who do I contact if I have questions about participating in the programs offered by EDEN?
Please call our Property Owner Information Line, 216-503-6369, or email EdenLandlordInfo@EDENcle.org.