Bill would require landlords to consider Section 8 applicants

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A state senator introduced a bill this week that would require landlords to consider prospective tenants who use Section 8.

The bill, SB 329 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, would make it illegal to deny a tenancy based on the applicant’s participation in the federal Housing Choice voucher program.

Sen. Holly Mitchell

Under current law, it is illegal to discriminate against a prospective tenant based on the applicant’s source of income. At present, however, Section 8 housing vouchers do not legally meet the source-of-income standard. SB 329 would change that by expanding the definition of source of income to include housing subsidies paid by the government directly to landlords.

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