Property — 'Housing Choice Act' benefits both tenant and landlord, took effect July 1

A new state law that promotes affordable housing went into effect July 1.

The law, House Bill 2639 is also known as the “Housing Choice Act,” and not only created protections for Section 8 voucher holders, but established the Housing Choice Landlord Guarantee program. The program means that landlords can no longer deny a rental application because the source of income used for housing payments is a Section 8 voucher.

“Secure, stable housing is one of the most important tools for a family struggling to get ahead,” said House Speaker Tina Kotek. “The Housing Choice Act will help parents get the footing they need to find and keep a job, and give children the sense of continuity that helps them succeed at school.”

The law also improves financial assistance for landlords participating in the program. Landlords can now receive up to $5,000 in reimbursement for any damages caused by tenants.

“There are a number of new resources for landlords,” said Janet Byrd of Neighborhood Partnerships. “This law is a win-win for tenants and landlords.”

For more information, call the Housing Authority of Yamhill County at 1-503-883-4300 or visit www.

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