Two FEMA programs—Direct Lease and Multi-Family Lease and Repair—make use of existing vacant properties in Puerto Rico that are either ready to rent or are in need of minor repairs to make them safe and functional. In both programs, FEMA provides rental payments to participating and eligible landlords who can offer lodging to eligible survivors with damaged or destroyed homes.
Direct Lease allows FEMA to lease residential properties as temporary housing for eligible applicants. The program is up to 18 months from disaster declaration (Sept. 20, 2017). It expires March 20, 2019.
- Properties can include single-family homes, apartments, cooperatives, condominiums and town houses.
- The property must have electricity and running water.
- The property should be located within reasonable commuting distance to services such as accessible public transportation, schools, grocery stores, fire department and emergency services.
For more information, contact: FEMA-Lease-PR@fema.dhs.gov or call (202) 705-9140.
To qualify for the Multi-Family Lease and Repair program, a property owner must own one or more multi-family properties that are ready and/or need repairs. Additionally, eligible multi-family properties must have three or more units available and must have been previously used as a rental unit. Additionally:
- FEMA will require a lease for exclusive use of the property as temporary housing for at least 18 months from the disaster declaration date, or until March 20, 2019.
- The program repairs rental properties to make the units habitable for survivors. Property owners may choose to complete the repairs using the own contractors or have FEMA secure a third party contractor.
- Repairs and improvements must be done within four months (120 days).
- Property owner must provide all property management services.
For more information, contact: FEMA-MLR-PR@fema.dhs.gov or call (202) 705-9140.
Properties eligible for either the Direct Lease and/or the Multi-Family Lease and Repair program cannot be located in a Special Flood Hazard Area and must provide complete and independent living facilities for one or more people. This includes separate living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms.
All repairs must comply with local building codes, standards, permitting, inspection requirements and all applicable environmental and historical preservation laws and regulations. Landlord must also be willing to have at least one unit repaired or improved to be accessible to applicants with disabilities or other functional needs.