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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: December 2, 2020 11:08 AM
From: Representative Greg Rothman
To: All House members
Subject: Preempt Localities from Enacting Rent Control (Amend "The Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951") (Former HB2190)
 
In the near future, I intend to re-introduce legislation that will amend “The Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951” (Act 20) to preempt localities from enacting legislation that infringes on private property rights.

Although the Landlord and Tenant Act covers much of the relationship between a landlord and a renter, there could be additional clarity to safeguard the current nature of the business relationship between the two parties.

My legislation would prevent a local government from enforcing a law that would attempt to control the rent a private property owner can charge. The proposed legislation explicitly states that this will not inhibit local governments from managing their own residential properties. Also, a local government would be prevented from enacting a law that would infringe on a private property owner’s right to decline entering into a new lease at the end of a current lease.

This legislation will simply protect private property rights, as well as preserve basic contractual rights.

Please consider co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.

Previous Cosponsors: KEEFER, RYAN, STAATS, MILLARD, JAMES,
BERNSTINE, ZIMMERMAN AND GROVE,



Introduced as HB136