House Bill 212, which has been introduced by Representative and House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst, would prohibit manufactured home community owners from drastically increasing rent each year by prohibiting a community owner from increasing rent if the rent was increased by 5 percent or more the previous year or rental period.
This bill does not prohibit a community owner from increasing rent to market rent in phases as called for in current law, even if doing so would otherwise violate the prohibition on increasing rent after a 5 percent or more increase. That seems like a large loophole, as the market can be manipulated by the community owners.
Penalites for violating this act will be rent reduction and repayment of excess rent to the renter.
I don’t understand why more Republicans are sponsors on bills like this. Many of their voters live in these communities, but Republicans are still sympathetic to the landlord.
|House Bill 212 – PROHIBITING MANUFACTURED HOUSING RENT INCREASES||Currrent Status – House Housing 6/8/23|
|House Sponsors – Longhurst, Carson, Heffernan, Schwartzkopf, Williams, Wilson-Anton||Senate Sponsors – Pinkney, Hoffner, Poore|
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