Agenda Item 5A
Josh Hamlin, Legislative
#2: Bill 19-15, Landlord -Tenant Relations - Licensing of
Housing - Landlord-Tenant Obligations
Since the packet and first addendum went to print, Council staff has received a
memorandum from Councilmember EIrich describing certain amendments that he may offer when
the Council considers Bill 19-15. These amendments would, in large part, reinsert provisions .into
the Bill that the PHED Corrunittee recommended removing or modifying.
The possible amendments described in the memorandum are:
a prohibition on rent
surcharges when a tenant continues on a month-to-month basis for the first six months that a tenant
is month-to-month, but permitting a landlord to increase the rent after this six month period
notwithstanding the general limit on rent increases to once every 12 months; (2) a requirement that
a unique identifier be provided for each unit for which DHCA collects data, so that changes in rent
charged for the unit can be tracked over time; (3) a requirement that DHCA publish information
on rental housing units listing the average rent per unit type in each building and information on
the most recent rent increase relative to voluntary rent guidelines; and (4) requiring a "base lease,"
developed by DHCA, to be used in all leases for rental housing in the County, similar to the
"standard form lease" requirement in the introduced Bill. Councilmember Eirich's memorandum
is at ©1-4.
This packet contains:
Councilmember EIrich memorandum
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