The Payment Standards are the maximum amount of rent the AHA and voucher holders will pay an owner in rent for a new or newly renovated apartment that includes all utilities. There is a different Payment Standard for different sized apartments.
When searching for apartments, voucher holders should always look for apartments with rents at or below the Payment Standard, adjusted for tenant supplied utilities. Payment Standards Chart
An amount equal to the annual cost of a utility not included in the rent is deducted from the Payment Standard in order to determine the maximum possible rent AHA could agree to pay for an apartment.
Each year, the AHA hires a company to determine the monthly cost to tenants paying for their own utilities, by utility and building type. AHA uses this information to create the Utility Allowance Chart.