July 2019: Ordinance to Increase Access to Housing for Low-Income Tenants Dependent on Housing Assistance and to Provide Remedies For Violations

Publish Date: Aug, 20 2019

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Ordinance

On July 16, 2019 Council unanimously passed an ordinance to ensure that landlords cannot turn away or discriminate against tenants who depend on housing assistance from programs like the Housing Choice Voucher program, also known as Section 8. Over the past year, the City has received many reports of landlords openly refusing to rent to Section 8 holders. This new law empowers the City Attorney’s Office, the aggrieved tenant or a tenants’ rights nonprofit organization to sue landlords for violations, among other actions. See full details on Ordinance #13559.