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Section 8 (housing)

Living in squalor

Living in squalor

When a Baltimore property owner agrees to rent a house or apartment to a tenant getting subsidies under the Housing Choice Voucher Program, better known as Section 8, he or she agrees to abide by a variety of regulations, including the city's Housing Quality Standards. According to the city housing authority's website, officials will investigate units before allowing them to be rented to Section 8 recipients and periodically thereafter "to ensure these units are and remain at acceptable levels."

The city provides landlords with a handy checklist to review before the inspector comes to avoid the most common...