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Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday signed a bill that will make it illegal to reject a prospective tenant solely based on the applicant’s use of a Section 8 federal housing voucher.  Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, SB 329 by Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, will ban blanket policies against taking Section 8 applicants and require landlords to treat voucher-holders like any other applicant. The law also will prohibit “No Section 8” advertisements. Sen. Holly Mitchell Throughout the legislative process, Mitchell repeatedly stated that owners will retain the ability to reject voucher-holders after giving them a fair vetting. The senator, however, refused… 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 that’s taken effect in San Jose. Effective Thursday, Sept. 26, the city’s “Housing Payment Equality Ordinance” 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 enforcement provisions of the ordinance do not take effect for six months, but the director of the San Jose Department of Housing may issue written warnings for violations of the ordinance in the meantime. CAA… Read More

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The Santa Rosa City Council decided to pursue a mandatory Section 8 ordinance Tuesday, but not before pledging to work with CAA to make the program more workable for local landlords. The council advanced the ordinance on a 5-1 vote and is expected to formally approve the law after a second reading next month. The measure will prohibit blanket policies against accepting Section 8 applicants, ban “No Section 8” ads, and make it illegal to deny a tenancy based solely on the tenant’s possession of a voucher.

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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… Read More

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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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