News: Section 8Filter
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.
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.
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
Tagged: Section 8
It’s against federal law to hold a Section 8 voucher-holder accountable for a local housing authority’s failure to pay the rent. This means that a property owner cannot require a Section 8 tenant to pay the housing authority’s portion of the rent or evict a tenant because the housing authority’s payments are delayed. The California Apartment Association wants to ensure that its members understand this regulation, as the partial federal government shutdown has dragged into its fourth week. At present, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has enough money for Section 8 payments in February, but the same… Read More
In a victory for the California Apartment Association, the San Jose City Council on Tuesday rejected a proposal to expand the city’s “just cause” eviction policies to include duplexes. Another decision by the council, however, is cause for concern. The council Tuesday also directed staff to draft a “source of income discrimination” policy for rental payments. Such an ordinance could ultimately force landlords to consider renting to Section 8 voucher holders, a decision the association believes should be left to property owners.
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… Read More
Long Beach is considering a policy that could ultimately require landlords to accept Section 8 housing vouchers. During a presentation Tuesday, city staff told council members it could adopt source-of-income protections to prevent rental housing owners from rejecting rental applicants based on their use of Section 8. Such ordinances, adopted by local governments including San Diego and Marin County, effectively force owners to take part in the federal Housing Choice Voucher program.
Starting in 2019, all rental property owners in the city of San Diego will be required to accept Section 8 housing vouchers. The mandate comes under an ordinance approved Tuesday by the San Diego City Council. The policy change requires landlords to consider for tenancy all people with the ability to pay for a given unit, including those who would pay rent using Section 8. While the California Apartment Association encourages voluntary acceptance of federal housing vouchers, it opposes legislation that mandates their acceptance.
Beginning next year, rental property owners in unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County will be required to accept Section 8 housing vouchers. The requirement comes under an ordinance passed by the county Board of Supervisors requiring that all people with the ability to pay for a given housing unit be considered for that unit, including those who would pay rent using Section 8 housing vouchers. The California Apartment Association argued that a mandated approach was the wrong one and that it is Section 8’s structural problems that dissuade many property owners from participating.