California Tenants' & Landlords' Guide

PLEASE NOTE: The Department of Consumer Affairs no longer produces this guidebook, and the posted copy may not include all of the current laws. “California Tenants -A Guide to Residential Tenants' and Landlords' Rights and Responsibility" booklet is a practical resource for both tenants and landlords with information about rental applications, unlawful discrimination, security deposits, repair responsibilities, rent increases, termination of leases, and eviction notices.

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Transfer Your Section 8 Voucher to San Mateo County (Port-In)

The Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo (HACSM) accepts active Section 8 participants who wish to transfer to San Mateo County from another Housing Authority. For those wishing to transfer into our jurisdiction, please contact your current Housing Authority to request portability to our Agency.

Here is a video on transferring into San Mateo County with a Section 8 voucher: click here

Here is a video on Overview of the Tiered Subsidy Table process: click here

Section 8 Housing Voucher Program Guide

The program rules and regulations are determined at the federal level, by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and are administered locally by the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo (HACSM).

Below, please find a brochure presented by the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo on the Housing Voucher and other Rental Subsidy Programs.  The Housing Authority hopes this brochure will answer most of your questions. Since federal, state, and local regulations change frequently, we encourage you to contact us for answers to specific questions.

In addition:

CLICK HERE for a video on “How Landlords can Participate in Rental Subsidy Programs”


CLICK HERE for a video on "Advantages for Landlords - Rental Subsidy Programs”

Landlord Incentive Programs

Below, please find some flyers presented by the Housing Authority of the County of San Mateo on the Landlord Incentive Programs.

In addition, click here to see Landlord Incentive Video