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 (in addition to the owners)
- Allows disproportionate fees to be passed on to the tenant
HB 196 Unlawful Detainer Revisions
Sponsored by Rep Grover (R), Provo
STATUS: Awaiting Committee hearing in the House
We are attempting to close a couple of loopholes in the unlawful detainer statute by changing definitions. This bill, once passed, will make it easier to deal with squatters in your rentals.
Originally the courts put a large fiscal not on the bill (meaning it would cost the courts $) but they have backed off and the fiscal analyst to removed the note.
Rental Fees Discloser (Bill Not Numbered)
Sponsored by Rep. Cutler, (R), Murray
Status: Not yet drafted
We spoke with the sponsor this week. His intent is to reduce the number of applicants who are rejected because they applied for something they shouldn’t have by making landlords disclose their rental criteria before taking an application fee. We are working to solve his problem but it may be too late this session for a bill .
HB 273 HOA Amendments
Sponsored by Rep. Powell, (R), Heber
Allows an association of unit owners to enact a rule, for a unit that a unit owner leases for a term of less than three months, that limits the number of individuals that may use the common areas and facilities as the rental unit tenant’s guest or as the unit owner’s guest. This rolls back some of the restrictions we passed on HOA’s last year that they must treat renters the same as owners. We met with the sponsor and all sides of the bill and are working on compromise.
Fair Housing Amendments
Sponsored by Sen. Dayton (R), Orem
STATUS: We spoke with the drafter this week and the bill may be close to being numbered and released.
This is our priority bill this session and creates an opt of for landlords so they do not have to take federal section * vouchers. There will be cries of the world ending if this bill passes by tenants groups but bear in mind it would make Utah like the 41 other states that don’t force landlords to take section 8. All vouchers get used and all tenants find landlords willing to work with housing authorities. Even California doesn’t force landlords to take section 8 like Utah does.