There are several new rental laws in 2019 that are important for investment property owners to be aware of. Today, I am going to be discussing Section 8 Housing Voucher Program.  I will discuss how it affects the city of San Diego landlords.

So what is the Section 8 Housing Program? According to the HUD website, It is a federal government major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled.  It helps them to afford decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market.  Families that qualify are issued a housing voucher which is paid to the landlord.

So if you are an investment property owner in the city of San Diego you might be wondering how this affects you as a landlord….

In August of 2018, San Diego City Council members approved a ban on the discrimination against recipients of Section 8 Housing Vouchers.  This means you can no longer reject an applicant based payment source.  A landlord can still use credit scores and other legal means to select tenants. But, you cannot say “no” to an applicant based solely on using Section 8 as a form of rent payment.  At Priority One Real Estate, we always follow Fair Housing Laws and now source of income is a protected class.  

This new ordinance will take effect on August 1, 2019.  Again, this new ordinance applies to landlords with properties in the City of San Diego only.  If you live in areas such as La Mesa, El Cajon, Chula Vista, or Encinitas, this does not apply to you at this time.

If you have questions about this new law and how it pertains to you as a landlord, please contact us.  You can learn more about our San Diego property management services here. Thank you!