Establishing Rents

Rent Reasonableness

The San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) determines whether or not the rent requested by the landlord for a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance household is reasonable.

SDHC compares the requested rent to the rents on other units on the premises with tenants who do not receive rental assistance, as well as other, comparable unassisted rental units in the market.

Rent reasonableness must be determined at the rental assistance household’s initial move-in and when the landlord requests a rent increase.

How Rent Reasonableness is Determined

SDHC conducts a unit-to-unit comparison of the landlord’s proposed rent for the unit with the rent charged for units with similar features and amenities in the same market area for families who do not receive rental assistance.

SDHC takes into account critical market factors that impact rent, such as the location, quality, size, unit type and age of the contract unit, as well as any amenities, housing services, maintenance and utilities to be provided by the landlord in accordance with the lease.

SDHC notifies the landlord of the rent that can be approved based upon the analysis.

If the landlord disagrees with this analysis, the landlord may submit information for three comparable units within a two-mile radius from the assisted unit. SDHC will consider this information and notify the landlord of a final rent determination.

Requesting a Rent Increase

The landlord must provide the tenant and SDHC rental assistance staff with a 60-day written notice of a proposed rent increase.

If approved, the rent increase will be effective on the date specified by the landlord or on the first of the month following a full 60-day notice to the tenant and SDHC, whichever is later.

Rents for existing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance tenants may not exceed the rents charged for units with tenants who do not receive rental assistance.

To initiate the rent increase process, the landlord is required to submit a Rent Increase Application along with a copy of the written notice provided to the tenant. The notice to the tenant must include the following information:

  • Date the notice was issued
  • Name of the rental assistance participant and full address of the applicable property
  • Total amount of the new rent (must be one specific dollar amount; notices which provide a “choice” of contract rent amounts with lease options must have the lease option selected before the rent increase is initiated. If the lease renewal option is not selected, the rent increase will automatically be postponed until SDHC is notified, in writing, of the actual rent amount requested and lease renewal options selected.)
  • Date rent change will become effective is the 1st day of the month following a full 60-day notice of the increase.

The completed Rent Increase Application may be submitted to SDHC via email at RADRentChanges@sdhc.org or mailed to:

San Diego Housing Commission
Rental Assistance Division – Rent Increase Request
1122 Broadway, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92101

Forms & Documents

Rent Increase Application

Rent Increase Request FAQ

Guidelines for Requesting Rent Increases

Comparable Rent Request

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