Legislative Update - August 31, 2023

Legislative Updates,

Legislative Update

SCRHA Encourages Support of “Leave No Veteran Behind”
The County of San Diego is spearheading a regional effort to house homeless veterans. “Leave No Veteran Behind” seeks to achieve functional zero for veteran homelessness in the county through partnerships with regional, state, and federal partners. The program includes incentives for rental housing providers, such as a leasing bonus and dedicated landlord liaisons. Members with vacant units or units on notice to vacate are encouraged to sign up for the 211 Interest List.

If you have rented to a homeless veteran and would like to share your positive experience with the County and local media, please contact mkirkland@socalrha.org.  

Reminder: Anti-Price Gouging Rules in PlaceEmergency declarations are in place in several counties, including Imperial, Riverside, and San Diego. It is unlawful for any person, business, or other entity to increase the rental price advertised, offered, or charged for housing to an existing or prospective tenant by more than 10 percent. The rules applicable to rental housing are set to expire on September 19. However, they can be extended. Members are encouraged to bookmark the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services website

Coming Soon: New HUD Inspection Requirements
Beginning October 1, 2023, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will implement a new inspection protocol for rental housing assisted by the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Some failed inspection items that previously were required to be fixed within 30 days will now require a 24-hour correction. Local Housing Authorities are still awaiting final guidance from HUD, however, information on the changes is now available. Learn more. Note: link is to San Diego Housing Commission, but changes will apply to units regardless of jurisdiction. Contact your local housing authority with specific questions.  

ICYMI: Public Housing Residents Face 'Disproportionate' Eviction Filings: Report  
A Princeton report found that public housing authorities are more likely than private landlords to make multiple eviction filings against tenants.