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In issuing a Housing Choice Voucher, the local housing agency will determine the appropriate unit size by applying the following criteria:
The families who have been assigned a Housing Choice Voucher using the old occupancy standards will retain that size until their family composition changes or they request a voucher to move to another unit. When the family requests a Housing Choice Voucher to move, or at the anniversary date of the family's recertification, the family will be issued a Housing Choice Voucher based on the new occupancy standards. In the case of a decreased change in family composition, the participant may choose to pay the Tenant Rent based on the current payment standard. This decision will mean the tenant may pay more than 40% of their income for Tenant Rent; this is considered 'Lease-in-Place' and there is no 40% cap in this situation.
These principles result in the following HUD standards:
Applicants may choose to rent a smaller bedroom size as long as HUD occupancy standards are not violated. A larger bedroom size can be given upon request if it can be verified that the extra bedroom is required due to a medical condition; i.e., a doctor certifies that an elderly, handicapped, or disabled individual requires a live-in aide, or for some other medical reason a spouse or child might require a separate bedroom.
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