Petition Tag - landlord

1. Baltimore City (and Maryland) Rental Property Owners: URGENT ACTION NEEDED!

On Monday, August 14th, the city council introduced a bill that will be devastating to Baltimore City Landlords. And, as with most legislation if passed, it can be a catalyst for adoption into surrounding counties, and potentially the state. Your voice needs to be added to the conversation! This petition will be delivered at the hearing once it's scheduled and is done in collaboration with Maryland Multi-Housing Association. We need your help - spread the word - FORWARD THIS TO OTHERS.

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ABOUT THIS PROPOSED PIECE OF LEGISLATION?
It’s simple. It will require landlords/owners to include a provision in their leases offering residential tenants mediation before eviction proceedings can commence. It severely limits a landlord’s ability to recover rent through the Failure-to-Pay-Rent process. While rental owners still have to cover operating expenses (i.e. mortgage, water). The proposed bill creates more opportunity for unwarranted delays within the court before rent is paid to the owner.

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
Please sign and share this petition to show your opposition and join our effort to defeat a legislative over-reach.

OUR VIEW IS:
1. This is potentially unconstitutional. 2. There are sufficient tenant remedies and defenses to prevent evictions as written in the current statute. 3. Even though this bill is targeting landlords that own five or more rental properties, it affects all landlords because the bill can be amended prior to vote.

TAKE ACTION:
Please sign and share this petition to show your opposition in advance of the yet to be scheduled hearing date.

CONTACT ME:
If you have any questions about this bill, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at brian@diyrealty.co.

JOIN LANDLORD 411:
You can also stay on top of this and other issues affecting you by joining Landlord 411. We are advocates for small business and independent landlords.

Thank you in advance for your support,
Brian Wojcik, Organizer, Landlord 411

2. Petition to repeal the Rent Control Preemption Act of 1997

PETITION TO REPEAL THE RENT CONTROL PREEMPTION ACT
In order to secure for the future, the prosperity of the Illinois economy and its Citizens, the Rent Control Preemption Act of 1997 must be repealed. The repeal of this Act will restore Home Rule, but in no way will hinder or prevent future Real Estate Development in Illinois. The burden of a successful private development should never have been placed upon the Citizens and Business Owners of Illinois in the first place. Unfettered rental rates have caused a raise in consumer goods and the People of Illinois to demand an increase in the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour. The burden of the People’s happiness however, is not solely the responsibility of Illinois’ Employers and Property Owners cannot be allowed to render this wage increase insufficient. Consequently, this petition is necessary to repeal the Rent Control Preemption Act so that we might examine what is causing the rise in rental rates statewide and determine reasonable solutions for our future well-being.

3. Maryland Rental Property Owners: URGENT ACTION NEEDED!

On Tuesday, March 7th, a hearing will be held for two new legislative bills which greatly impact Maryland Rental Property Owners. Your voice needs to be added to the conversation! This petition will be submitted as testimony by Maryland Multi-Housing Association.

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ABOUT THESE PROPOSED PIECES OF LEGISLATION?
It’s simple. They severely limit a landlord’s ability to recover rent, utilities, and other damages through the Failure-to-Pay-Rent process. While rental owners still have to cover operating expenses (i.e. mortgage, water), the proposed legislation creates more opportunity for unwarranted delays within the court before rent is paid to the owner.

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
Please sign and share this petition to show your opposition to HB1346, which seeks to:

  • Define rent for residential leases only as fixed and periodic payments; and
  • Explicitly prohibit a landlord from collecting on any additional payments due from the tenant as written in the lease.


  • THEREFORE, IT WILL:

    • Remove a landlord's ability to collect on utility bills, environmental citations, damages, or or charges authorized in the lease when filing Failure to Pay Rent (FTPR) cases in Rent Court;

    • Force landlords to utilize the civil court for any charge other than rent, which is cost prohibitive and more time consuming;

    • Require landlords to charge a fixed fee for variable expenses, such as water and therefore add risk of possible abuse; and

    • Have unintended consequences (listed in the petition below) to the industry.


    OUR VIEW IS:
    Rent should be defined as what’s written in a signed lease contract between two responsible parties (so long as it doesn’t violate other statutes).
    TAKE ACTION:
    Please sign and share this petition to show your opposition in advance of the March 7th hearing This petition closes on March 5th). We need show our collective strength in numbers on this issue!

    NOTE: We now have some concern with HB1487. We are not completely opposing this bill, as it has some merit as a result of consensus work done in the Summer Study Work Group. However, there was no agreement on the definition of rent, and the last minute introduction of HB1346 undermines the cooperative spirit of this consensus bill. Therefore we are circumspect to fully support and endorse this bill. It’s important to be aware of it.

    Learn more about HB1487 and our concerns on how it will affect Maryland Property Owners in our blog about the issue.

    CONTACT ME:
    If you have any questions about either bill, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at brian@diyrealty.co.

    JOIN LANDLORD 411:
    You can also stay on top of this and other issues affecting you by joining Landlord 411. We are advocates for small business and independent landlords.

    Thank you in advance for your support,
    Brian Wojcik, Organizer, Landlord 411

    4. Maryland Rental Property Owners: Oppose Maryland House Bill 1346

    Maryland Rental Property Owners: URGENT ACTION NEEDED!
    On Tuesday, March 7th, a hearing will be held for two new legislative bills which greatly impact Maryland Rental Property Owners. Your voice needs to be added to the conversation! This petition will be submitted as testimony by Maryland Multi-Housing Association.

    WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ABOUT THESE PROPOSED PIECES OF LEGISLATION?
    It’s simple. They severely limit a landlord’s ability to recover rent, utilities, and other damages through the Failure-to-Pay-Rent process. While rental owners still have to cover operating expenses (i.e. mortgage, water), the proposed legislation creates more opportunity for unwarranted delays within the court before rent is paid to the owner.

    WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
    Please sign and share this petition to show your opposition to HB1346, which seeks to:

    • Define rent for residential leases only as fixed and periodic payments; and /li>
    • Explicitly prohibit a landlord from collecting on any additional payments due from the tenant as written in the lease.



    THEREFORE, IT WILL:

    • Remove a landlord's ability to collect on utility bills, environmental citations, damages, or or charges authorized in the lease when filing Failure to Pay Rent (FTPR) cases in Rent Court;

    • Force landlords to utilize the civil court for any charge other than rent, which is cost prohibitive and more time consuming;

    • Require landlords to charge a fixed fee for variable expenses, such as water and therefore add risk of possible abuse; and

    • Have unintended consequences (listed in the petition below) to the industry.



    OUR VIEW IS:
    Rent should be defined as what’s written in a signed lease contract between two responsible parties (so long as it doesn’t violate other statutes).

    TAKE ACTION:
    Please sign and share this petition to show your opposition in advance of the March 7th hearing This petition closes on March 5th). We need show our collective strength in numbers on this issue!

    NOTE: We now have some concern with HB1487. We are not completely opposing this bill, as it has some merit as a result of consensus work done in the Summer Study Work Group. However, there was no agreement on the definition of rent, and the last minute introduction of HB1346 undermines the cooperative spirit of this consensus bill. Therefore we are circumspect to fully support and endorse this bill. It’s important to be aware of it.

    Learn more about HB1487l and our concerns on how it will affect Maryland Property Owners in our blog about the issue.

    CONTACT ME:
    If you have any questions about either bill, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at brian@diyrealty.co.

    JOIN LANDLORD 411:
    You can also stay on top of this and other issues affecting you by joining Landlord 411. We are advocates for small business and independent landlords.

    Thank you in advance for your support,
    Brian Wojcik, Organizer, Landlord 411

    5. Fairer discounts for right to acquire tenants

    The Government has launched a “reinvigorated” Right to Buy scheme for public sector tenants that will provide £75,000 discounts to help social tenants into home ownership. This means that tenant will be given 35% discount and 1% for every year they have been a social housing tenant.

    However, this does not include tenants who are under the right to aquire scheme, this scheme offers between £9000 and £16000 dependant on where they live. The government state there are currently no plans for a change in right to aquire discount policy.

    So again why is one group of Tenants being treated differently from another group of Tenant. We all Public Sector Tenants.

    6. End the long process to bad renter evictions in Florida

    In Florida, renters have too many rights. Rights that extend above the landlord. The eviction process should only take 1-2 weeks if the renter does not pay. They should not be allowed to stay in a property for free until the courts decide whether or not to evict them.

    Presently, to delay matters, renters only need to respond without paying any money to stay longer in a home. Where is the justice in this? A simple response to the court can delay getting them out for another few weeks. Meanwhile, they can do as much damage to your property as they like and not be responsible. Again, where is the justice in this? Florida courts need to be more proactive in the eviction process.

    Fort Myers courts, in general need to listen to landlords when they show up to court on time and the renter does not. In other states when a renter does not show up for court they are evicted and not given a second chance. Why is it in Flroida they are given a second chance?

    7. Change SC Laws: Renters Right-to-Know

    South Carolina is plagued by illegal meth labs. More than 100 labs were seized statewide in 2008—a 6% increase from the year before. The labs are often full of toxic chemicals that can sicken inhabitants, officers seizing them, or anyone exposed. The toxic chemicals can cause a multitude of respiratory problems, and depending on the amount of toxic chemicals left behind, living in a former meth lab can cause these problems rapidly.

    Even though toxic chemicals from meth operations are proven to be linked to adverse health effects, nobody is properly cleaning up these properties before allowing more people to live in them!

    Why?

    On average, it costs $2,500 to clean up a former meth lab properly. And to clean properly, you need environmental cleaners who are trained to remove toxins. Police officers do not have this training. After they seize a lab, they clean it up poorly and pass it on. People buy the property inexpensively and then turn it into rental property. In South Carolina, there is no part of the Landlord Tenant act that mandates landlords to disclose “environmental concerns” to tenants. That means that people are living in former meth labs with no knowledge of it!

    This is about safety of renters in the state of South Carolina. There are more than 426,000 rental units in South Carolina. When there are health hazards in these units, landlords should be required to disclose these to their renters.

    8. Unite to Oppose inapplicable Service Charges in Connaught Park

    BACKGROUND

    Solitaire Property Management have for the past 4 months sent letters to residents of Connaught Park in Tunbridge Well in Kent, presenting themselves as the landlord of Connaught Park and that every resident is oblige to Pay a sum of £152.54 as an estate charge and £917.87 as a service charge.

    After having struggled to understand what the services charges included in the leaflets provided, the company mentioned said the charges are for services, repairs, maintenance, improvements and insurance ???

    HERE IS THE FACT

    Every resident will agree with me that this is a brand new property that has every modern facilities.

    In addition, I am pretty sure that almost every individual resident has some form of content and building insurance, pay their council tax to cater for primarily rubbish waste, utility bills etc.

    If this so-called company said that this excessive service charge is for services, repairs, maintenance, improvements etc.

    The question is what improvements ?, what services ?, what insurance ? or repairs ?

    Who contractually negotiated for them to to act as landlord?

    Did Barratt Homes informed the residents of Connaught Park that this company will represent us?

    How can a new modern two floor apartment or mansion that has no garden or communal amenities be either improved, maintained, serviced, or insured as claim by this company ?

    9. No licence fee for landlords

    The government's proposal to charge a £50 licence fee for all landlords is a blatant attempt to raise money for nothing.

    If there was genuine desire in the government to target and eradicate bad practice in the private rental market, instead of a licence fee that all law abiding landlords would pay, there should be large fines or repossession of properties belonging to repeatedly offending landlords.

    10. Support Operation 'Adopt A Dog'

    This petition was created to try and persuade our landlord into allowing us to adopt a dog. (Yes, I know... I continue to try). He's concerned about the old, parquet floors in our living room. We are responsible tenants, have a fenced in yard and much love to provide a dog.

    11. Change Landlord/Tenant Laws in Vermont

    Landlord/tenant laws in the state of Vermont lean heavily toward the tenant's benefit. The State allows the tenants to live in their apartments for an undetermined period without having to pay rent to the landlord.

    The way the laws are set up is discriminatory to the landlords. The tenant may destroy the apartment, not pay rent, and act so badly that good rent paying tenants leave. All this without repocussions to the bad tenant. Even when the tenant and landlord go to court and the landlord wins a judgement, the landlord still cannot collect on the debt. The court fees are only for the landlords to pay as are the lawyers fees.

    Landlords have leases but in the eyes of the Vermont lawmakers and keepers, these leases mean a judgement that cannot be collected upon. Therefore the landlords have no rights, and when a tenant is being evicted the process takes so long that landlords have actually lost their homes that they rent out because of it. The lost revenue in Chittenden County for one year was 4 million. The tax revenue lost by the state because of non paying tenants is a large portion of that.

    You would think that the state would want to do something about all of the tax money that they are losing too.

    12. A Petition from the Residents of the Ravinia Apartments

    When moving into the Ravinia Apartments, each Tenant reviews and signs a contract detailing what is expected from them and what they can expect from their Landlord.

    We, the tenats of the Ravinia Apartments have become increasing disturbed because this contract has been breached by the Landlord. In this contract, the Tenant reads that a gym is provided as an amenity.

    We, the tenants of Ravinia Apartments in San Antonio, Texas, Petition for the Enforcement of the Written Contract agreed to and signed by each before moving into the Ravinia Apartments.

    Wherefore, the Tenants requests that the Landlord(s) immediately correct all violations of the contractual agreement.

    13. Freedom to Get a Dog

    The purpose of this petition is to convince my landlord to allow me to get a dog. A bit of background... I never signed a lease that said I could not have animals. I have a good relationship with my landlord, and enjoy living at my current location. If I get a dog, my landlord said I would need to move out.

    My landlord has a dog of his own, and he let another tenant bring home a stray dog with the intent to keep it (though the real owner was later found). He also let a tenant keep a cat (which ran freely throughout the entire residence) even though he was severely allegic to the animal.

    My landlord's argument is that he does not want me to have a dog that sheds. I have happily agreed to find a dog that fits any of his criteria, yet he still refuses to let me get one--yet. He said he will consider it in the future, but will not give me a date.

    A year and a half ago, my dog passed away (before I lived at this location). I have been deeply effected ever since her death. I have waited until I was ready for another dog before I began pursuing the possibility of getting another dog.

    Included in this petition is a picture of a NAID dog which does not shed, cause allergies, and is very friendly. I am hoping to be able to get a puppy from this dog.

    Please help me in my quest to get a dog.

    14. Virginia Landlord and Tenant Act, § 55-248.16 Article 3 - Tenant Obligations #6 and #7 Violation

    We, the people, of Building 1201 at Culpeper House Apartments feel the residents in Apartment #111 have violated the Virginia Landlord and Tenant Act. We also feel that our neighborhood aren't safe as long as the residents in apartment #111 continue to live in building 1201. We request the residents of Apartment #111 vacate our building. Please see violations below....

    6. Not deliberately or negligently destroy, deface, damage, impair or remove any part of the premises or permit any person to do so whether known by the tenant or not;

    7. Conduct himself, and require other persons on the premises with his consent whether known by tenant or not to conduct themselves, in a manner that will not disturb his neighbors' peaceful enjoyment of the premises; ...