Landlord Guarantee Program

The Supportive Housing Landlord Guarantee Program is designed to provide financial assistance to landlords to mitigate damages caused by tenants during their occupancy under permanent supportive housing programs using HUD Housing Choice or Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers, Rapid Rehousing, or HOME Tenant-Based Rental Assistance matched through the Coordinated Entry System (CES). The program is a partnership between CHIP - Coalition for Homelessness Intervention & Prevention, City of Indianapolis, and the Indianapolis Housing Trust Fund.

 

Who is eligible for assistance?

The program assists landlords who have provided housing to formerly homeless individuals and families. A landlord may apply for financial reimbursement for qualifying damages. To be eligible for the program, landlords must have leased to permanent supportive housing tenants using HUD Housing Choice or Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers, Rapid Rehousing, or HOME Tenant-Based Rental Assistance and who were placed through the Indianapolis Continuum of Care Coordinated Entry System. The damages to the residence must exceed normal wear and tear, and must have occurred from occupancy that began after January 1, 2018.

What types of assistance can be provided?

  • Partial Reimbursements

  • Reimbursements up to $2,000

What expenses can be covered?

  • Attorney fees, court costs, and interest (does not include eviction costs or associated fees)

  • Loss of rental income during required time for repairs for qualifying damages

  • Lease-break fees

  • Pre-judgement and/or post-judgement interest

  • Other costs related to lease violations by a tenant such as labor, materials, disposal fees, etc.

The Landlord must notify CHIP within 10 days if payment is received from the tenant or other third party. Landlord must provide restitution to CHIP within 45 days of overpaid program assistance.

 

How does the process work?

  1. A landlord must verify client eligibility by emailing ces@chipindy.org to assure the client was matched through CES.

  2. A landlord must submit a claim for program assistance to CHIP (within one year of obtaining a judgment and not subject to further judicial review). The application is available online at the link below.

  3. After submission of the application, CHIP will notify landlords within ten (10) days to verify receipt of application.

  4. CHIP will process applications and payments to landlords within forty-five (45) days.

  5. After receiving assistance, a landlord must file a satisfaction of judgment within thirty (30) days in the amount of any program assistance received from CHIP in the court from which the judgment against the tenant was obtained.

  6. A copy of this filed satisfaction of judgment must be delivered to the department within forty (40) days of the landlord’s receipt of the program assistance.

 

What are my responsibilities as a landlord?

  1. Submit a claim within one year of obtaining a judgement with no further judicial review.

  2. After receiving assistance a landlord must file a satisfaction of judgement within thirty (30) days in the amount of program assistance received from CHIP in the court from which the judgement was obtained.

  3. A copy of the filed satisfaction of judgement must be delivered to CHIP within forty (40) days of receipt of assistance.

For more information, email chip@chipindy.org or call 317.630.0853.

 

A joint initiative between CHIP and the City of Indianapolis