Landlord Information


The Section 8 program allows property owners to rent to participating tenants. Effective April 2, 2013, landlords will be required to enroll in direct deposit for all housing assistance payments. If you have not yet done so, please complete a direct deposit application and return it for processing.  If you are interested in listing a rental unit, please go to our Available Units page. 

All units must pass a Housing Quality Standards inspection before the subsidy can start.  An information sheet about our new inspection process and an inspection checklist is available for you to use to prepare your unit for inspection.  Inspection Update:  Effective Fall 2010, all 3-prong outlets will be tested to verify they are grounded.  Electrical system upgrades (2-prong outlets converted to 3-prong outlets) in older homes that were wired for 2-prong outlets and converted to 3-prong outlets will need to be grounded or be protected by a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter.  For detailed information on inspection standards, review "A Good Place to Live" published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

HCD strives to reduce housing discrimination in all areas of housing. As a landlord, it is important for you to know about this program. You may find more information about housing and discrimination on our Fair Housing Program page.

HCD is committed to provide services to accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities, including information on the availability of accessible units.  If landlords have accessible rental units, they should consider listing their units with the HCD and  HCD is neither affiliated with, nor endorses Online agencies may have a fee to list units.  

In June 2009, a law was passed which gives tenants new rights when their rental unit is being foreclosed on

Landlords, your rental property may qualify for valuable home improvements at no cost to you or your tenant, if your tenant qualifies according to SDG&E Energy Team guidelines.  Learn more by visiting our Energy Savings for Low Income Families webpage.  

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) website provides tips for renters and landlords.

Need information about your legal rights?  The California Department of Consumer Affairs has a Guide to Residential Tenants' and Landlords' Rights and Responsibilities.

Section 8 Landlord Newsletter

Owner Education Seminar Schedule

Do you have questions regarding our programs for landlords? You may find an answer on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you suspect a Section 8 participant is violating any program rules, you may contact our Program Review staff at (858) 694-4832 to discuss the suspected fraud, or send an e-mail to  All information will be kept confidential.


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