NMS How to Find Out if an Apartment in Santa Monica Is Section 8?

 

How to Find Out if an Apartment in Santa Monica Is Section 8?

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updated: May 6, 2010

Housing or apartments under “Section 8” ordinances are subsidized, which means they are originally reserved for low-income families and individuals. It is very important to find out if an apartment is subsidized, or rent stabilized, because as a tenant of such a residence you would have specific protections that are not guaranteed to other residents. These rights include the right to renew your lease, protection against unlawful rent increases and protections against decreases in service. Finding out if an apartment is rent stabilized is simple, especially since the landlord is legally obligated to provide you with this information.

Difficulty:
Moderately Easy

Instructions

    • 1

      Ask the landlord, owner or leasing agent if the apartment is rent stabilized. They are mandated by law to tell you the truth.

    • 2

      Visit your state’s Division of Housing website, which will have a list of stabilized buildings and criteria for a residence to be rent stabilized.

    • 3

      Look on the lease for a Rent Stabilization Lease Rider. If an apartment is under section 8 ordinance, the landlord or owner must attach this document to the lease.

    • 4

      Ask the landlord to provide you with the rental history of the apartment. This information will indicate whether the apartment is rent stabilized. The landlord is legally mandated to provide you with this information