Role of Landlords in Creating Healthy Homes: Section 8 Landlord Perspectives on Healthy Housing Practices

Resource: Publications Reports
Audience: Housing agencies, public health agencies, and policy makers


This article presents qualitative research findings of Section 8 landlord perceptions regarding healthy housing practices to inform landlord-focused initiatives. Five focus groups were conducted with landlords in Boston, Massachusetts (n = 39) and transcripts were coded for key themes using a grounded theory approach. Results indicate that landlords’ primary challenges to creating a healthy housing environment included tenant behavior, financial burden, and policy enforcement; tenant safety and cost savings were seen as primary benefits. Landlords play a critical role in implementing healthy housing practices; several opportunities exist to reduce barriers and capitalize on perceived benefits of implementing these practices, including increasing access to educational and financial resources.