CAA helps create landlord committee as San Diego mandates acceptance of Section 8

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The California Apartment Association has helped create a Landlord Advisory Committee to improve the administration of the Section 8 housing voucher program in the city of San Diego.

CAA negotiated with city staff to create the Landlord Advisory Committee as the city prepared to mandate that landlords accept Section 8 housing vouchers.

Under an ordinance formally adopted Sept. 11 and effective in 2019, rental housing owners in San Diego will be prohibited from rejecting rental applicants based on their use of Section 8. The ordinance will effectively force owners of rental property in San Diego to take part in the federal Housing Choice Voucher program.

While CAA supports voluntary participation in Section 8 — and opposes ordinances mandating its acceptance — the association welcomes the opportunity to have a voice in the way the program is administered in the city.

Now that landlords will have to accept housing vouchers in San Diego, it is important that the rental housing industry have a regular, direct line of communication with the city’s Housing Commission, which manages the Section 8 program. The Landlord Advisory Committee will provide such a voice.

The committee will advise the San Diego Housing Commission on best practices and ways to streamline processes associated with Section 8.

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