Section 8 is a federal housing voucher system. Section 8 vouchers are given to low income families to supplement their income for housing. The recipient pays on average 30% of their portion of the rent and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) send the rest of the rent money to local community housing authorities to be given to the landlord.

Why Do Some Landlords Not Accept Section 8 Vouchers?

While the rent portion coming from the government is virtually guaranteed, many landlords fear that the tenants may be to poor to pay their share of the rent. The buildings that Section 8 recipients live in also must be approved by the local housing authority, thus bringing building inspectors along with Section 8 recipients. 

Beyond additional building inspectors and possible building code violations, the prejudices that accompany low income residents also prevent landlords from accepting Section 8 assistance. 

What Options Do I Have?

Discrimination of this type is illegal according to Federal Fair Housing guidelines and most likely your state and city laws. This type of discrimination is referred to as income source discrimination. If you have been discriminated against because of your status of receiving Section 8 funds, you should seek a landlord-tenant attorney.

Do I Need a Lawyer for My Section 8 Problem?

Whether you are a landlord or a section 8 recipient a real property lawyer can help you. As a landlord, an experienced real property lawyer can make sure you comply with all federal regulations and building code. As a section 8 recipient, a real property attorney can help protect you against discrimination.