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Over the objections of CAA, the San Jose City Council this week moved forward with an ordinance that would require landlords to consider prospective tenants bearing Section 8 housing vouchers. The measure would prohibit blanket policies against accepting Section 8 applicants and make it illegal to deny a tenancy based on the tenant’s possession of a voucher.

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The Santa Rosa City Council this week postponed voting on an ordinance that would require that landlords consider applicants with Section 8 housing vouchers. The measure would prohibit blanket policies against accepting Section 8 applicants and make it illegal to deny a tenancy based on the tenant’s possession of a voucher.

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The California Apartment Association has issued an “Industry Insight” paper to help rental housing owners comply with a Section 8-related ordinance that’s taken effect in Hayward. Effective Thursday, July 25, the city’s “source of income protection” law requires that landlords consider for tenancy all applicants with the ability to pay for a given unit, including those who would pay their rent using Section 8. Hayward City Council Last month, the Hayward City Council updated its 39-year-old rent stabilization ordinance and added provisions that ban blanket policies against renting to voucher holders, as well as advertisements to that effect. The new ordinance… Read More

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The California Apartment Association has issued an “Industry Insight” paper to help rental housing owners comply with a Section 8-related ordinance taking effect next week in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Effective Friday, July 19, the county’s “source of income protection” law requires that landlords consider for tenancy all applicants with the ability to pay for a given unit, including those who would pay their rent using Section 8. The ordinance, approved by county supervisors in June, bans blanket policies against renting to voucher holders, as well as advertisements to that effect. It also prohibits landlords from rejecting an applicant… Read More

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An Assembly committee has approved a bill that would make it discriminatory to deny applicants for rental housing simply because they have a Section 8 voucher. The bill, SB 329 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee on Tuesday on a 7-3 vote with two abstentions. 

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The California state Senate has approved a bill that would require landlords to consider prospective tenants who use Section 8 housing vouchers. Sen. Holly Mitchell SB 329 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, passed off the Senate floor Thursday with 24 yes votes, 11 no votes and three abstentions. The bill, now heading to the Assembly, would make it illegal to deny a tenancy based on the applicant’s participation in the federal Housing Choice voucher program.

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A bill that would require landlords to consider prospective tenants who use Section 8 housing vouchers advanced this week from the Senate Judiciary Committee.   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 The bill now moves to the Appropriations Committee. 

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The Los Angeles City Council this week voted to draft an ordinance requiring landlords to consider prospective tenants with Section 8 vouchers.   If ultimately approved, the ordinance could take effect as early as Jan. 1 of next year.  Several other California jurisdictions have passed similar laws, including the city of San Diego, San Francisco, and Marin County, , and Long Beach is now considering such an ordinance.

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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.

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Although President Trump announced that the partial U.S. government shutdown would temporarily end, its impact is still being felt by both renters and landlords. Trump’s announcement Friday came on the 35th day of the government closure, which has left 800,000 federal employees without a paycheck, and many having a difficult time paying rent. The president said the government would reopen for three weeks while negotiations for border security continue. “I will make sure that all employees receive their back pay very quickly or as soon as possible,” he said, as reported by the New York Times. “It will happen fast.”… Read More

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