While HomePointe (my property management business) does accept any legal source of income, our clients reserve the right to not participate in the Section 8 Program. The Section 8 Program involves signing a government lease, not ours. It also involves submitting to mandatory inspections both at move in and annually. Finally, it also mandates longer notices than currently in force in the State of California.
Here is a quote from the California Apartment Association for your review.
Q. Can I turn down a prospective resident because he/she receives a federal or state subsidy?
A. No. State law, defines source of income as “lawful, verifiable income paid directly to a resident or paid to a representative of a tenant.” The intent of this law is to protect residents from discrimination in housing based upon their source of income. The law, however, does not require an owner to participate in the Section 8 rental assistance program.