Good news! Senate Bill 175, Fair Housing Act Option Amendments has been released and is ready for a committee hearing next week. This bill eliminates the law in Utah that requires landlords to work with section 8 housing and that made it a discriminatory practice to deny tenants on section 8. The bill eliminates section 8 as a protected class and refusing to participate in section 8 would no longer be a discriminatory practice. WARNING: Groups that want government to force landlords to accept section 8 will try to say this is bad for Utah and eliminates housing choices for low income renters. We believe..
Week Three Utah Legislative Update 2016 This week was a big one for the rental housing industry as HB 30, Good Landlord program Amendments passed the Senate and has been sent on to the Governor for his signature. Information on that bill and others we are working on follow. HB 30 Good Landlord Program Amendments Sponsored by Rep. Froerer (R), Huntsville STATUS: Passed both chambers, on to the Governor The legislation does the following – Prohibits cities from requiring landlord to turnover copies of credit reports or leases Prohibits cities from requiring any documents to be notarized Requires cites to send correspondence to property managers..
Update on Meth Rules What is going on? In Utah, there are two kinds of tests for methamphetamine contamination, as defined by the EPA. In discrete sampling, also known as “individual” sampling, single samples are taken at spatially discrete locations. This sampling technique should be used in areas that are “hot spots” highly suggestive of contamination. R392-600-5 says areas highly suggestive of contamination must be tested by this method. In composite sampling, multiple discrete samples are combined and treated as a single sample for analytical purposes. The State and County Health departments allow this sampling technique because they say it is less costly for..
The 2016 Utah Legislature began Monday January 25th. We are excited to begin another 45 day session and look forward to some improvements to the multi-family housing industry. We are expecting another busy year and anticipate around 1,400 bill to be written. This means that the UAA government affairs committee, Board, Staff, and lobbyist will be hard at work to protect our industry and help the rental housing market. Week one of the session started out strong with floor time already being allotted to pass through certain bills (including the UAA’s good landlord bill). Other than that there has been minimal activity that affects our industry however..