United States Resolves False Claims Act Investigation AgainstLandlord Charging Housing Voucher Tenants Excess Rents

Date Published: 
August 16, 2018
News Type: 
Press Releases
Program Area(s): 
Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher

Edward R. Daniel, a/k/a Edward Daniels, Judy Daniel, and the Edward R. Daniel Revocable Living Trust (collectively “Daniel”), a landlord participating in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Housing Choice Voucher/Section 8 (HCV) Program has paid the United States $50,000.00 to resolve civil claims.  The claims against Daniel, pursued under the False Claims Act, arise from the landlord’s alleged impermissible charging of parking fees as well as excessive rents to certain HCV Recipient tenants, while accepting federally subsidized Housing Assistance Payments (“HAP”).

Benjamin G. Greenberg, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and Nadine Gurley, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Inspector General (HUD-OIG), made the announcement.

Through Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937, as amended, HUD distributes federal funds to local public housing agencies to assist eligible low income families in obtaining decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private rental market.  To receive federally subsidized rents, landlords participating in the HCV Program contractually agree to comply with HUD requirements, to charge only the rent authorized by the local public housing agency and to not raise rents or change lease terms without the written approval of the local public housing agency...