Engrossed Senate Bill (H)

DIGEST

Leases and sales of real property. Amends the statute concerning landlord and tenant relations to provide that a unit may not regulate rental rates for privately owned real property, through a zoning ordinance or otherwise, unless the regulation is authorized by an act of the general assembly. (Current law provides that regulation of rental rates for such property must be authorized by an act of the general assembly.) Prohibits a political subdivision from imposing certain penalties against a tenant, an owner, or a landlord for a contact made to request law enforcement or other emergency assistance for one or more Leases and sales of real property. Amends the statute concerning landlord and tenant relations to provide that a unit may not regulate rental rates for privately owned real property, through a zoning ordinance or otherwise, unless the regulation is authorized by an act of the general assembly. (Current law provides that regulation of rental rates for such property must be authorized by an act of the general assembly.) Prohibits a political subdivision from imposing certain penalties against a tenant, an owner, or a landlord for a contact made to request law enforcement or other emergency assistance for one or more rental units if: (1) the contact is made by or on behalf of: (A) a victim or potential victim of abuse; (B) a victim or potential victim of a crime; or (C) an individual in an emergency; and (2) certain conditions apply. Specifies that a political subdivision is not prohibited from adopting an ordinance, a rule, or a regulation to impose a penalty for a request for law enforcement or other emergency assistance if the request is not made by or on behalf of: (1) a victim or potential victim of abuse; (2) a victim or potential victim of a crime; or (3) an individual in an emergency. Provides that if a political subdivision: (1) imposes a penalty under any such authorized ordinance, rule, or regulation; and (2) the prohibited request for law enforcement is made by a tenant in a rental unit; the penalty imposed must be assessed against the tenant and not against the landlord or owner of the rental unit. ... View more