On March 27, 2020 Governor Ralph Northam signed House Bill 6 adding Source of Funds (SOF) as a protected class under the Virginia Fair Housing Act. This new protected class will take effect July 1, 2020. This document should not be considered legal advice but is intended to provide guidance on how rental housing providers best operationalize this change.
Under SOF, properties can no longer state “we do not accept section 8 vouchers”, “we do not participate in the Housing Choice Voucher Program”, “we do not accept vouchers” or any variation thereof. When asked that question by a prospect, regardless of how the question is asked, properties should respond:
“We provide housing opportunities to all prospective residents who meet our resident screening criteria regardless of their Source of Funds.”
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