Miami-Dade County requires landlords to accept vouchers from tenants, but other localities in Florida do not. Click here for the latest updates.
Landlords cannot deny tenants an apartment (or otherwise discriminate against them) based on the fact that their income (or part of their income) comes from government financial assistance programs including Section 8 vouchers. Aside from denying an application, landlords cannot charge voucher holders more, segregate them to a different section of a building than non-voucher holders, or provide them different services or amenities from non-Section 8 tenants. Fla. Stat. 760.23 , Fla. Stat. 760.37 , Fla. Stat. Sec. 760.23 .
Enforcement and Reporting Problems
Enforcement is handled by the local government of Miami-Dade County. Tenants should report problems and see details with that locality’s law. The localities that offer such protections are changes quickly, so please check the latest information. Secondary sources like Wikipedia and the Affordable Housing Online do a good job of keeping updated records on the status of the policy across the US.
State and Local Laws
Laws differ heavily by state, county, and city. Use RenterPeace to see more specific laws for to a given apartment and to see comments from people in your area.
Documenting the Problem
For most problems, tenants should document their issues, notify their landlord (document this too!), and stay informed about their rights. Renterpeace is a free website that helps with each step of this process. Tenants use RenterPeace to more easily see applicable laws, track their problems, and much more. There's a reason RenterPeace was selected "Best of" legal apps for both Android and iOS. It also includes household management tools, like a chore manager and bill tracker. Try it - you don't even to login first.
Using Property Management
To stay updated and organized about the problems in their apartments, landlords should use a property management system. Many are expensive or have high setup fees, but using RenterPeace for landlords is free. It's complete with legal compliance tips targeted to their problems, maintenance tracking, tenant screening, money-saving grant information, and tenant chat. It makes managing properties easier and staying updated about status of rental properties a breeze. Try it today.