ALERT Message May 17, 2016

Section 8 Housing Mandates—Oppose SB 1053 (Leno)

This bill is being opposed because it forces residential rental property owners to participate involuntarily in the supposedly voluntary Section 8 Housing Program. The bill also forces landlords to endure administrative burdens and increased costs. Since the local Housing Authority is understaffed, it could take more than 60 days before all applications are submitted, HUD inspections of the property made and contracts signed. During this time period, the property sits vacant.

The insurance required by the Section 8 voucher system often costs more than regular home insurance. Moreover, under HUD rules, the Housing Authority uses their own formula to determine the “acceptable” rental rate. In essence, this housing mandate bill strips people of their property right to contract, or not to contract, in connection with the property they own.

The biggest kicker is that if the property owner wants to legally terminate this contract, the Housing Authority or the courts have in the past NOT allowed it. It could take expensive legal action to regain control of your rented home or rental property.

State Senator Bill Monning (Senate District 17): (831) 657-6315, (916) 651-4017, State Capitol, Room 313, Sacramento, CA 95814

State Assemblyman Mark Stone (Assembly District 29): (831) 649-2832, (916) 319-2029, P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249