Fair Market Rent (FMR)

Fair Market Rent is the average rent (including utilities) being charged in a community for safe, clean, modest apartments.  In the HCV program, the FMR is the basis for determining the ‘‘payment standard amount’’ used to calculate the maximum monthly subsidy for an assisted family

In general, the FMR for an area is the amount that would be needed to pay the gross rent (shelter rent plus utilities) of privately owned, decent, and safe rental housing of a modest (nonluxury) nature with suitable amenities. In addition, all rents subsidized under the HCV program must meet reasonable rent standards.

At least once a year, HUD publishes in the Federal Register the FMR for different geographic areas.

The FMR for Jefferson Parish is found in the FMR for the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which includes the parishes of  Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, and St. Tammany

The PHA then determines a Payment Standard that is the amount generally needed to rent a moderately-priced dwelling unit in the local housing market and that is used to calculate the amount of housing assistance a family will receive.  This Payment Standard is based off of the Fair Market Rents, generally ranging from 90-110% of Fair Market Rent.  However the payment standard does not limit and does not affect the amount of rent a landlord may charge or the family may pay. A family which receives a housing voucher can select a unit with a rent that is below or above the payment standard.

Current FMR, effective October 1, 2016 for FY 2017 for Housing Program of Jefferson Parish:

Bedrooms 0 1 2 3 4
Fair Market Rent 682 796 964 1,234 1,448
Payment Standard 669 787 963 1,219 1,464