DUKES COUNTY REGIONAL HOUSING AUTHORITY
RENTAL CONVERSION PROGRAM
The Rental Conversion Program, administered by the Dukes County Regional Housing Authority (DCRHA)
and funded by the Island Affordable Housing Fund, offers homeowners a choice of incentives in exchange for
year-round rental agreements. Island residents making less than 120% of median income for the area (e.g.
$79,300 for a family of four) are eligible for rental assistance and pay no more than 30% of their adjusted
income towards rent.
A maximum adjusted fair market will be used in determining the contract rent on case-by-case basis. The
tenant’s portion of the rent is determined by the household income and is paid directly to the property owners;
the balance of the rent is paid to the property owners by DCRHA. Rent is paid on the first of each month.
Contact rents will be determined annually between the DCRHA and the property owner at least sixty days prior
to the anniversary date of the lease.
Property owners can require that the tenant pay a security deposit up to the amount of one month’s contract rent.
Security deposits must be held in an interest bearing account accordance with MGL 186.
Tenant Screening & Selection
The DCRHA will pre-screen eligible tenants for property owners’ selection. The pre-screening process may
include credit and criminal background checks, income verification, and personal and landlord references. Tenant
screening for suitability and tenant selection is the property owner’s responsibility. DCRHA encourages property
owners to screen prospective tenants by following the same process as used to screen families in the private
Property owners complete the Lease Information form after selecting a tenant. The DCRHA will begin the lease
and rental assistance contract signing process upon receipt of the Lease Information form.
An inspection is scheduled upon receipt of the Lease Informati