Can a landlord refuse Section 8 vouchers?

Answer

In many areas the answer is yes. However, more and more cities, counties and states are passing laws and ordinances prohibiting source of income (SOI) discrimination, including the refusal of accepting Section 8 Voucher subsidies. There are 18 states and numerous cities and counties with these laws already on the books and more are following. Read more about SOI protections here.

For more information, check with your local housing authority for more information about your area. Public Housing Agency (PHA) contact information can be found here: PHA Contact Information.

More Housing Policy, Landlords, and Tenants FAQs from Low Income Households

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