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City of Santa Monica Prohibits Landlords From Refusing To Accept HUD Section 8 Vouchers

On May 12, 2015, the City of Santa Monica passed ordinance number 2485 prohibiting landlords from refusing to accept HUD Section 8 vouchers. This law only affects tenancies in the City of Santa Monica. In California, landlords are not required to participate in the HUD Section 8 voucher program unless the City or County in which the premises are located has enacted an ordinance to the contrary. (See, Sabi v. Sterling (2010) 183 Cal.App.4th 916)

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August 6, 2015 | Landlord-Tenant Law |