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Red Alert!! OPPOSE Mandating Landlords to Accept Section 8

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Red Alert! Urge You Assembly Member to Oppose Bill that Forces Landlords to Participate in Section 8!

Action Item

Call your Assembly Member TODAY!
Urge a NO Vote on SB 329!

Call 1-800-798-6593

Enter your NRDS ID or PIN number
followed by the # sign to be connected to your legislator’s office.

When staff answers the phone, you can use the following script:
"Hi, this is (insert your name). I'm a REALTOR® from your district. Please ask the Assembly Member to Vote No on SB 329. This isn’t about discrimination. Don’t force rental property providers into contractual obligations that they may not be able to meet.”


Issue Background

Under current law, participation by a rental property owner in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Housing Choice Voucher program, more widely known as Section 8, is voluntary. Under SB 329, which redefines “source of income” include Section 8, every residential rental property owner will be effectively forced to enter into a contract with the local housing authority upon receiving an application from a tenant who uses Section 8 housing vouchers to pay a portion of their rent. Because many housing authorities already lack the resources to process applications and inspect properties quickly, units may sit unoccupied for many weeks until all the administrative requirements are met.

Why C.A.R. is OPPOSING SB 329

Governor Brown vetoed a bill similar to SB 329 last year. Governor Brown vetoed SB 1427 last year. SB 1427 would have amended “source of income” to include Section 8 “HUD-VASH” vouchers while SB 329 is far more expansive in that it will amend “source of income” to include all Section 8 vouchers. In his veto message for SB 1427, Governor Brown stated: "...this bill goes too far. Specifically, it forces landlords and property owners to take part in what has always been a voluntary federal program with numerous requirements. These include registration with a local housing authority, participation in training, property inspections and modification of leases to conform with federal standards. I don’t believe a mandate to comply with all these requirements is warranted.”

STATUS: In the Assembly.

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