Here they are:
1) Source of income discrimination – A landlord will not longer be able to state that housing vouchers are not accepted. No more ads saying that “you don’t take Section 8.” So long as the income is from a LEGAL source, that is all the information you can request.
Please note: This does not mean that your rent has to be set at the voucher level, only that you cannot ask if they are using a voucher.
2) Rent Increase Notification – If you are raising rent 10% or more, you will be required to provide additional time for notification. The proposal will be between 45-90 days.
3) No Cause Notice of Vacation – If you evict a tenant for something other than “for cause” (those permissible reasons pursuant to the Landlord/Tenant Act, i.e., drug activity, nuisance, etc.), you will be required to provide 60 days’ notice.
5) Voter Registration – The Council wants to require that Landlords provide tenants with voter registration information.
We will be providing additional information as it becomes available. Please be watching so that you can make your views known. Of course, if you have thoughts on these topics now, we would strongly encourage you to contact the City Council right away.
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