Rental Housing Legislation Blooms Through June

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By Becky Bower

Although most legislators are preoccupied with the 2018 primaries, the number of passed, pending, and failed rental housing bills continues to grow. This June, familiar rent control, “just cause” eviction and “ban-the-box” legislation is an ongoing rental housing topic across the nation, while newcomer laws regulating apartment solar panels, lease terminations with tenants suffering domestic violence, and employment questions around marijuana have popped up. Take a look at the passed, pending, and future rental housing bills nationwide and in your property’s state below.

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California’s Rent Control War Has New Updates

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By Becky Bower

This year, tenants’ activists within California have rallied to get rent control initiatives on the November 2018 ballot. As the deadline for ballot measures gets closer, activists in cities across the state have begun submitting their signatures for approval. While none of the proposed measures have officially made it to the ballot so far, below is an update on where California stands on their state and city-wide rent control measures.

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Congress Votes in Favor for Section 8 Housing and Credit Security Freeze Regulations

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By Becky Bower

UPDATED 11:11am: President Trump has signed S. 2155 into law

On Tuesday the House passed a huge Senate Bill, S. 2155 (commonly referred to as the “Dodd-Frank Reform Bill”). This bill not only impacts regulations for banks, but includes changes for public housing and the big three credit bureaus. Before S. 2155 lands on the President’s desk, take some time to look over some of the following proposed changes.

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‘Just Cause’ Eviction Law AB 2925 Moving Quickly in California

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By Becky Bower

A bill that would require California property owners and managers to list a “cause” or reason to evict or terminate a tenancy has been progressing at an alarming rate. Despite being introduced in February, AB 2925 is scheduled to be heard on the Assembly Floor sometime this week. We urge you to review AB 2925, and join industry experts like the California Apartment Association and ApplyConnect in opposing it.

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April Showers the Rental Housing Industry with New Legislation

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By Becky Bower

With April showers comes new rental housing legislation. Amongst bills ranging from ‘ban the box’ employment screening procedures to rent control, legislators across the nation are anxious to reform old rental housing regulations and create new requirements. Although some multifamily bills have passed, the majority of this month’s legislative update is still on the chopping block (for better or worse). Take a look at passed, pending, and future rental housing bills nationwide and in your property’s state.

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Rent Control is Trending: November’s Frightening Rental Legislation

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If you weren’t aware of rent control legislation, now is the time to be active. Bills proposing rent control (as well as restrictions on eviction and criminal records) have become an alarming trend within the rental housing industry. Just last week, I went with other CIC™ tenant screening experts to Washington, D.C. to lobby on behalf of the National Consumer Reporting Association. Our big concern is that without access to eviction or criminal records, property owners and managers like you will not have the information to determine if a rental applicant is a risk or not. While plenty of owners combat potential risk by raising the rent or fees, if rent control measures pass, that option will no longer be accessible.

Unfortunately, states like California, Oregon, Illinois, and Maine have already been targeted by rent control activists – and it seems like this is only the beginning. Take a look to see what rental housing legislation has passed and failed this November, and what bills will likely be reviewed in the Spring of 2018.

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