Calif. Legislature passes mandatory Section 8 bill

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The California Legislature this week passed a bill that would make it illegal to reject a prospective tenant solely based on the applicant’s use of a Section 8 federal housing voucher.   

The legislation now heads to the governor’s desk.

On Wednesday, the state Senate approved amendments to SB 329 on a 25-12 vote with three abstentions. The day before, it passed off the the Assembly floor on a 46-21 vote with 12 abstentions.

Sen. Holly Mitchell

The author of the bill, Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, has said her bill would simply ban blanket policies against taking Section 8 applicants — including “No Section 8” advertisements — and require landlords to treat voucher-holders like any other applicant.  advanced won approval in the Senate

The senator has repeatedly stated that owners will retain the ability to reject voucher-holders after giving them a fair vetting. Assembly members in support of the bill echoed that claim Tuesday.

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