Court Reaffirms Section 8 Program as Voluntary

In an important victory for our client, Resource Real Estate (RRE), and for Maine landlords generally, the Maine Law Court reaffirmed that Section 8 is a voluntary program and that landlords do not engage in housing discrimination when they decline to participate in Section 8 for non-discriminatory, business reasons.

The Law Court affirmed summary judgment in favor of RRE, holding that RRE did not discriminate against the plaintiff on the basis of her status as a recipient of public assistance when the company declined to accept certain onerous terms of tenancy required in connection with the Section 8 housing program.

Read the decision.