CAA supports voluntary Section 8, not mandatory

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Property owners would have to rent to Section 8 voucher holders under legislation proposed by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco.

The California Apartment Association will oppose the legislation, SB 1053, which would make it unlawful to deny housing based on an applicant receiving Section 8 assistance.

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.

While CAA strongly encourages members who have the resources to accept Section 8 vouchers, the Association believes that participation among property owners should remain voluntary.

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