APRIL 27, 2015 - ELRICH, NAVARRO, HUCKER TAKE STEPS TOWARD "RENT CONTROL" LEGISLATION

Monday, April 27

Councilmember Marc Elrich, supported by Councilmembers Nancy Navarro and Tom Hucker, last week introduced Bill 19-15 - Landlord - Tenant Relations - Licensing of Rental Housing - Landlord-Tenant Obligations.  The bill would (1) provide for annual inspection of certain residential rental properties; (2) require the use of a standard form lease and applicable optional provisions for certain residential rental properties; (3) require the publication of certain information related to rental housing; (4) require the Department of Housing and Community Affairs to review certain rent increases; (5) provide for certain remedies to be awarded by the Commission on Landlord-Tenant Affairs; (6) provide certain rights to tenants facing rent increases; and (7) generally amend the law related to landlord-tenant relations. Many believe this is the first step toward stronger rent control measures that Councilmember Elrich has long supported. GSSCC will be reaching out to our residential property owners to work on a response to this action.  A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for June 18 at 7:30 p.m.