Friday, September 17, 2021

East Bay landlords say no to low-income tenants: Pays the price, literally

ALAMEDA — The city has reached an out-of-court settlement with an Alameda landlord who has been accused of refusing to pay rent to anyone on Section 8, a federal program that allows low-income tenants to pay rent. Subsidizes the rent paid.

Someone was looking for an apartment online and saw an Alameda rental that was advertised by the landlord as “No Section 8,” which prompted the case, according to the city.

Alameda spokeswoman Sarah Henry said the city attorney’s office confirmed the landlord’s refusal to rent to Section 8 tenants.

The city announced the resolution of the matter on Tuesday.

The space and rent for the apartment was not available.

In September 2019, the city council adopted fair housing laws, which partially made it illegal for landlords to discriminate against tenants or rental applicants based on their source of income. This included those requiring federal subsidies, such as Section 8, to pay rent.

Under the settlement, the landlord must pay $6,500 – $5,000, of which will be given to the person filing the complaint.

As part of the agreement, the landlord must also attend mandatory training in fair housing law for property managers and comply with anti-discrimination and tenant protection laws.

“The City of Alameda has consistently dedicated policies and resources toward producing, protecting and preserving housing in our community,” City Attorney Yibin Shen said in a statement. “City prosecutors are committed to properly enforcing state and local laws and ensuring that Alameda remains a place where people of all income levels and backgrounds can call home.”

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East Bay landlords say no to low-income tenants: Pays the price, literally
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