Los Angeles landlords may no longer be able to turn away renters who have Section 8 subsidized-housing vouchers, the latest municipality to take such a step in hopes of addressing the rising cost of housing.

The Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 Wednesday in favor of drafting an ordinance that would prevent landlords from rejecting renters who receive Section 8 federal subsidies, which provide housing assistance payments to landlords on behalf of renters from low-income families as well as the elderly and disabled. If the ordinance is approved, the rule would go into effect Jan. 1, 2020.

“We have a significant barrier to affordable housing in this city and that is the denial of people who have Section 8 vouchers who are eligible to be renters in a building who are denied that opportunity simply because they wish to pay with Section 8 vouchers,” Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian, who introduced the legislation, said before Wednesday’s vote.

Krekorian said during Wednesday’s City Council meeting that landlords have been turning away renters with vouchers at rates “as high as 76%, which makes it a virtually impossible burden for someone who has this opportunity to find a decent place to live.”

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