By Jorge Casuso
February 6, 2019 — City prosecutors announced Wednesday they have resolved eleven housing discrimination complaints filed by tenants who were turned down because they were using Section 8 vouchers.
The complaints were filed under a 2015 City law that prohibits landlords from refusing to rent to tenants based on their source of income (“New Santa Monica Law to Prohibit Discrimination Against Section 8 Tenants,” May 8, 2015).
The City began actively enforcing the law last April after a lawsuit by the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (AAGLA) was voluntarily dismissed on appeal, City officials said.
In each of the complaints, Santa Monica landlords told an applicant or existing tenant they would not accept Section 8 tenants or vouchers, officials from the City Attorneys office said.
“The law is serving well its purpose of bolstering affordable housing,” said Deputy City Attorney Gary Rhoades. “It has enabled the City to get private landlords to be part of the solution.”