CAA defeats mandatory Section 8 bill, supports voluntary participation

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The California Apartment Association has stopped legislation that would have forced property owners to rent to Section 8 voucher holders.

SB 1053 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would have made it unlawful to deny housing based on an applicant receiving Section 8 assistance.

Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco

Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco

On Friday, the bill failed to move out of the Senate Appropriations Committee, effectively ending its chances of becoming law.

CAA strongly encourages members who have the resources to accept Section 8 vouchers. Moreover, the Association will continue working with local housing authorities to ensure the program is efficient and effective, enticing more landlords to participate. For several reasons, however, CAA believes that participation among property owners should remain voluntary.

The voucher program requires that owners and operators abide by federal regulations that differ from state and local laws. Moreover, it forces owners to work with a third party, the local housing agency. Many owners and managers believe that local housing agencies and their complex rules and regulations compromise the performance and financial viability of their properties.

In addition, while legislation last year prohibits insurance carriers admitted in California from refusing coverage for properties that accept Section 8 vouchers, the cost of insurance for such properties can be as much as 20 percent higher.

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