Housing Authority Landlord Newsletter: July 2022

Posted on August 1, 2022

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In This Issue

  • Rent Stabilization Ordinance Update
  • Rent Increase Submissions
  • Vacancy Listings

Rent Stabilization Ordinance Update

The City of Santa Ana adopted a Rent Stabilization Ordinance effective November 19, 2021, that limits rent increases to the lower of 3% per year, or 80% of the percent change in the Consumer Price Index over the most recent 12-month period. The Ordinance does not apply to your Section 8 assisted-units, but it may apply to your unassisted units.

No later than June 30 of each year the City shall announce the amount of allowable rent increase to be effective on September 1 of that year. The City’s Notice of Allowable Increase with more information on this calculation can be found on the City’s website at: www.santa-ana.org/rso. The City’s Notice of Allowable Increase is also available in Spanish and Vietnamese on the website.

The allowable rent increase for rental units and mobile homes covered by the Rent Stabilization Ordinance is 3% for the period effective September 1, 2022, through August 31, 2023. Only one rent increase is allowed in a 12-month period, and it cannot exceed the allowable rent increase in effect for that period.

The Rent Stabilization Ordinance does not apply to affordable housing units restricted by a deed or covenant or to units participating in the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

If you have any questions, you can e-mail rso@santa-ana.org or call (714) 667-2209.

Click here for more information.

Rent Increase Submissions

The HAP contract requires all rent increase requests to be issued in writing to the tenant with a copy to the Housing Authority at least 60 days prior to the effective date. To streamline the process SAHA created an email account dedicated to only rent increase requests. To ensure that your rent increase request is processed timely and correctly, please email all of your rent increase requests to SAHARentIncrease@santa-ana.org.

Vacancy Listings

We have many new voucher holders searching for a vacant unit with our Emergency Housing Vouchers, Mainstream Vouchers and HUD-VASH vouchers. If you currently have a vacancy or you are expecting to have a vacancy in the near future, we encourage you to list your vacant units with us at www.affordablehousing.com. You may also consider signing up for our region’s landlord incentive program, Welcome Home OC. The website for more information is: www.unitedtoendhomelessness.org/welcomehome

Housing Plus Program

Our assisted-families can voluntarily participate in a program called the Housing Plus Program. The Housing Plus Program is a HUD program that enables families assisted through the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program to increase their earned income and reduce their dependency on welfare assistance and rental subsidies. The Santa Ana Housing Authority (SAHA) works in collaboration with the Santa Ana WORK Center and a Program Coordinating Committee (PCC) to provide coaching, guidance and case management to Housing Plus Program Participants. Our goal is that all of our non-elderly, non-disabled families voluntarily join our Housing Plus Program and use our housing assistance as a platform to attain self-sufficiency and independence from our housing assistance

To learn more about the program, please click here.

Listing your vacant units with us has never been easier!

Our agency uses a service called www.affordablehousing.com.

www.affordablehousing.com is the largest affordable housing listing service in the nation. It provides a central location where voucher holders can search for available units where the landlord is willing to screen the voucher holder for tenancy. It only takes a couple of minutes to post a free listing and you will get leads sent directly to your inbox.

To list your units, simply go to www.affordablehousing.com or click on the link above. By listing your units on www.affordablehousing.com, this does not obligate you to rent to one of our voucher holders. You are simply expanding your marketing to ensure you are able to find the most qualified tenant possible for your unit(s).

Apartment Association of Orange County

Membership in the Apartment Association of Orange County (AAOC) opens doors of opportunity as you seek to broaden your knowledge of the industry and maximize your potential as an industry professional. You will receive professional assistance that will help you achieve your professional goals.

You can own or manage a single unit or thousands of units – AAOC offers something for everybody!

AAOC will provide you with the tools you need be an even more successful rental housing owner, some of which include:

  • Access to Nationwide Credit, Eviction, and Criminal Background Checks
  • Counseling Assistance for your Rental Housing Questions and Concerns
  • Access to a Full Collection of Legal and Operational Forms
  • Educational Seminars & Certified Property Management Courses
  • Protection of your Rental Property Rights through Legislative Advocacy
  • Membership with the National Apartment Association (NAA)
  • Annual subscription to AAOC’s Apartment News magazine & NAA’s units magazine

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