Landlord Incentives

Landlord Incentive Program

Effective April 1, 2021, financial incentives will be available to landlords who partner with the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program. The landlord must inform the City’s Housing Department when a unit is vacant and must be advertised as HCV accepted. The program requires a 12-month lease and contract to be signed. Payments will be made with the first HCV monthly payment. Incentives will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis until the program funds are depleted. The program includes two bonus opportunities.

First-Time Unit Bonus

Eligible units must be located within city limits in census tracts 8.01, 8.02, 9, 11.01, 12.04, 12.05, 101.01, 101.03, 101.04, or have three or more bedrooms. The landlord will receive $1,000 per unit for first-time HCV units or for units that have not accepted an HCV payment since January 1, 2012.

No-Loss Vacant Unit Bonus

The landlord may receive up to one month's worth of rent as an incentive to keep a unit vacant to allow time for the incoming HCV tenant to lease-up.

To indicate your interest in the Landlord Incentive Program, please submit an online application form. If you submit an application, your property will be listed on the vacant unit list the Housing Department distributes to Housing Choice Voucher participants. Submission of the form does not guarantee approval for the First-Time Unit and No-Loss Vacant bonuses. Staff will review your application and contact you with approval. For questions or more information, call 563.580.8667 or email

Heat Source & Water Heater Replacement Program

Up to $3,500 for heating sources and $1,500 for water heaters. More details available

Damage Reimbursement Program

This program offers landlords up to $2,500 per unit for damage reimbursement if the damage exceeds the paid deposit for the assisted unit. To be eligible, the unit must be located in the city of Dubuque or Dubuque County, have a signed lease on or after April 1, 2021, and received assistance through the City of Dubuque, ECIA, Catholic Charities, HACAP or another qualifying organization. 

For more information, call 563.580.8667 or email More details available.

Benefits of Renting to Housing Choice Voucher Participants

  • Opportunities and Benefits for Housing Providers Flyer 
  • The rent subsidy payments paid on behalf of the tenant are guaranteed as long as the property is maintained in a decent and safe condition.
  • Rent subsidies are automatically deposited into the account of your choice so that it is always received by the first of the month.
  • The program is based upon the private market, not public housing units. You will be helping to provide quality and affordable housing opportunities.
  • You screen and select your own tenants.
  • We may be able to provide additional information about the participating household to assist you with your screening. Consider us to be another resource.
  • You may rent to as many or as few Housing Choice Voucher tenants as you choose.
  • The biennial inspections can assist in helping to maintain your property.
  • You utilize your own lease agreement.
  • You manage the property and tenant behavior. No rights are taken away as long as you are following Iowa Landlord / Tenant Law.
  • Units are inspected according to the City of Dubuque Existing Housing Code, the same code applied to any residential unit.
  • We offer free advertising of your vacant units.
  • You are able to refer other tenants that you know might qualify for rental assistance.
  •  HCV Myth-Busting and Benefits Fact Sheet

Notification and Disclosure of Lead-Based Paint Hazards

Before the execution of the lease, the owner or owner’s agent is required to disclose any knowledge of lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards in housing built prior to 1978 to all prospective residents. Our office must keep a copy of the disclosure notice executed by the owner and tenant in the tenant file.


Free Tenant Screening Options

Help us keep Dubuque neighborhoods safe, housing well-maintained, and tenants accountable. Learn more about the Free Tenant Screening Options offered by the City of Dubuque.