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Project Sentinel's Confidential Survey for Section 8 Tenants: Rent “Side Payments”

Purpose:
The purpose of this survey is to find out if landlords have collected rent or other payments that are higher than the amount authorized by the Housing Authority. If your landlord has collected additional unreported payments (called “side payments”), you should know the following:

  • Under Federal law, you may be awarded a refund of your total side payments, plus $1,650 to $3,300 for each month you made a side payment, regardless of the amount. (To learn how to obtain a refund, you may contact Project Sentinel at 408-720-9888 Ext. 8201. Do NOT contact the Housing Authority.)
  • Your voucher will NOT be terminated if you complete this survey. Project Sentinel will not share your individual response with the Housing Authority.

Project Sentinel will keep your answers to the following questions strictly confidential and you will NOT be identified to the Housing Authority or any other agency or person without your consent.

1) In the past 6 years, have you (or anyone in your household) paid rent that was higher than the “tenant rent” amount listed on your most recent Housing Authority rent portion letter?

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2) Currently, are you (or anyone in your household) paying rent that is higher than the “tenant rent” amount listed on your most recent Housing Authority rent portion letter?

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3) At any time in the past, has a landlord requested or collected rent payments that were higher than the “tenant rent” amount listed on your most recent Housing Authority rent portion letter?

YesNoNot Sure

For information and help concerning side payments and refunds, call Project Sentinel at (408) 720-9888 Ext. 8201; or provide your contact information below (Your information will be kept confidential).

Do NOT contact the Housing Authority.
 

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For further information email: info@housing.org or call 888-324-7468. TTY 7-1-1.