As February draws to a close, here are the bills that we are tracking that will have an impact on the Rental Housing industry. HB 376: Landlord-Tenant Rights This bill was passed out of committee by an 8-4 vote in the House with some small modifications requested by the courts. The tenant’s attorneys showed up at the hearing to oppose the bill, but when they admitted that the loopholes they were using were only delaying tactics which ultimately made evictions more expensive for both tenants and landlords, the committee declined to support their position. This bill will give all evictions the same process – regardless..
Eviction Amendments Proposal adds 24 days and $1,120 cost + eliminates treble damages A proposal from a State Senator would add 24 days to an eviction, cost $1,120 more each and remove treble damages provisions from Utah Law. The balance in Utah Landlord/Tenant law is threatened by a new proposal to extend the length of an eviction by 24 days and to remove treble damages provisions, according to UAA Executive Director, Paul Smith. “A State Senator reached out to us very early in the process (the 2017 legislature begins in January) about changing the eviction statute to favor tenants. He says..
Our Senate Bill on eliminating Section 8 as a protected class, has been relentlessly hammered this week by housing advocates. We are confident we have the votes to pass it. What this bill does: It allows Utah landlords to opt out of working with housing authorities, by allowing us to refuse to work with the section 8 voucher program without being discriminatory. Here is the actual language of the bill: Government assistance payments paid to a landlord under the housing choice voucher program administered by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development are not part of a tenant’s income for the purposes of this chapter..