Q: Is it fraudulent for a renter who's using a voucher and allow her to pay the remainder?
I am renting to a person using a housing voucher in the state of Virginia'. We are asking &1750.00/mo. The program will only pay $1573 and the tenant has agreed to pay the remainder of $177.00. The issue is, the housing authority cannot know that the rent is higher than the monthly allowance or she can't rent it. She has asked me not to say anything to the case manager when they call me to verify because she will not be allowed to rent the property. She has assured me that it's 'ok and there won't e an issue' but, it sounds fraudulent and we may possibly get into trouble. She works for the housing authority so I can't call them and we have NO idea of legal ramifications.
This is our first time being landlords. I don't want her to get in trouble or lose her job. Any input is greatly appreciated. Thank you
A: I think you know what you should do and do not need someone to tell you. As a general rule is that if you feel uncomfortable to do something then do not do it. Alternatively, call a lawyer near you who will explain how this works.
A: If you participate in a known deception of the Virginia Housing Authority, you are aiding and abetting a criminal act and are legally involved in the crime. It would be unwise to commit a fraud on the Virginia Housing Authority.
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