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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: December 14, 2012 03:06 PM
From: Representative Anthony M. DeLuca
To: All House members
Subject: Amending the Landlord/Tenant Act re: Security Systems (HB400 of 2011)
In the near future I will be re-introducing legislation (HB 400 from last session) requiring large multiple dwelling landlords to have a 24-hour monitored security system, where there are 26 dwellings or more.

People who live in large apartment complexes want a safe and secure environment for themselves and for their children. It is something that should be taken for granted and most landlords ensure, by various means, a safe and secure place for their tenants to live. This is the way it should be. However, increasingly, often as a cost-saving measure, to increase personal profits, owners neglect to provide this basic need.

Personal security should not be an afterthought, or a luxury. Nevertheless, far too often, landlords fail to provide little in the way of security. This results in an over reliance on local authorities to provide what should already be in place - providing security for those living in the complexes. Local authorities find themselves spending much of their budgets frequently returning to the same complexes over and over again. This causes an unbalanced concentration of their already limited budgets and manpower, to one area of their municipality, while the rest of the community suffers.

My proposal will amend the Landlord/Tenant Act by requiring the owners of apartment complexes with more than 26 units to have a 24-hour monitored security system in place for the protection and safety of tenants. It is important that owners provide a certain level of security for the safety and well-being of their tenants in these large complexes.

Introduced as HB217