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This is the most frequently asked question of the Housing Division. Usually the person asking it is seeking affordable rental housing. The city maintains a list of those apartment complexes in the city that are reserved for low-income persons. View more information on affordable rentals.
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Please see Subsidized Rentals.
Section 8 is a federal rental assistance program for low-income persons. Under this program, recipients are issued a voucher to pay the difference between 30% of their income and the "fair market rent" (as determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development). Landlords accepting Section 8 vouchers must participate in the program.
The Housing Authority for the City of San Luis Obispo (HASLO) administers the Section 8 Program for all jurisdictions in the County of San Luis Obispo. The number of vouchers allocated to the County is limited, and HASLO maintains a waiting list, which is only opened once every 3 to 4 years. For more information about the Section 8 Program, contact HASLO at 805-543-4478.
The city is not presently offering any homebuyer assistance programs. The County of San Luis Obispo offers limited first-time homebuyer assistance loans for low-income persons. Interested persons should contact the San Luis Obispo County Planning Department (Housing Division) at 805-781-5600.
State and federal regulations governing their programs for first-time homebuyer assistance limit participants to households that have not owned a home in the 3 consecutive years prior to funding a new loan.
The city does not have a rent control ordinance. Landlords are not restricted from raising rents.
Federal and State Fair Housing laws make it illegal to discriminate against any person on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, lawful occupation, familial status, disability, or age in the enjoyment of residence, land ownership, tenancy, or any other land use.
If you believe that you are being treated unfairly in finding a place to live, contact the State Department of Fair Employment and Housing at 800-884-1864.
The city does not provide legal advice for renters. You will have to contact a private attorney. If you qualify as a low-income household, you may call the California Rural Legal Assistance in San Luis Obispo at 805-544-7994.